4-month-old baby attacked after Leopard snatched him from his mother

Four-month-old baby injured after he snatched from his mother’s arms by a leopard as she rode on a motorcycle in western India.

According to BBC Gujarati, mother was carrying the baby while sitting behind her husband on a motorcycle when the leopard struck.

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His father’s cries for help were heard by nearby villagers who rushed out and encircled the animal.

“They started shouting which scared the leopard into dropping the baby,” a forest official told BBC Gujarati.

“We rushed over as soon as we found out and called for an ambulance,” a forest officer, who was on duty at the time, said. The mother was also injured and is in hospital with her baby, the officer added.

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Mahesh Pandya, a local environmentalist, told BBC Gujarati that incidents like this occurred in the area because humans had encroached into “spaces that the animals have occupied for years”

Instances of human-animal conflict have been increasing in India, where shrinking animal habitats often drive elephants, tigers and leopards into residential areas

There are about 12,000-14,000 leopards in the country and on average one is killed every day.

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