Search for food: Girl wounded critically in leopard attack

Published: January 9, 2013
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Heavy snowfall in winters forces leopards to move downhill and nearer to the populated areas in search of food, says official. PHOTO: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Heavy snowfall in winters forces leopards to move downhill and nearer to the populated areas in search of food, says official. PHOTO: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

ABBOTABAD: 

A leopard attacked a girl in Bagan village, Galiyat on Tuesday, critically wounding her, police and hospital officials said.

Muhammad Pervez, father of seven-year-old Sumayya Bibi, told police that she was collecting firewood in the nearby forest when she was attacked.

She cried for help. Pervez and a group of villagers rallied to where she was to see the animal trying to drag her off deeper into the forest. They threw rocks at the leopard and fired warning shots, scaring it away.

They took Sumayya to Ayub Medical Complex in Abbottabad, where she was admitted to the neurosurgical ward. Doctors said she was injured in the back of her neck and lower parts of the body. A doctor on duty said she is still unconscious after the attack, describing her condition as “critical”, due to the injuries to her neck and head.

An official in the wildlife department said that heavy snowfall in winters forces leopards to move downhill and nearer to the populated areas in search of food. Sometime when they fail to find a prey they attack the cattle and people, he added.

Three villagers including two children were killed in leopard attacks in the area last year, according to official sources. Six more were injured. The villagers also lost a number of cattle to the attacks.

There are about 40 pairs of leopard in the Galiyat region, according to the wildlife department.

The villagers demanded that the authorities take measures to trap the leopards as their mobility has been restricted due to the undeterred movement of these animals.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Liberal
    Jan 9, 2013 - 2:18PM

    This is indeed a positive news as leopards are an endangered specie and by this attack we know that atleast they are not completely extinct.

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  • Cynical
    Jan 9, 2013 - 6:14PM

    @ Liberal

    well done for spotting the silver lining! :p

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  • Shahid
    Jan 9, 2013 - 7:37PM

    @Liberal:
    Take your trolling elsewhere

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  • Ullumian
    Feb 18, 2013 - 1:05PM

    @Libral; I love wildlife but try to be little sensitive; imagine if instead of Sumayya Bibi, there was your sister or daughter.

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