posted on Jun, 23 2005 @ 10:43 AM
"As the leopard was dying, a neighbour heard the screams and arrived to finish it off with a machete."
way to go gramps, but a healthy adult leopard can carry a kill in its jaws and climb a tree. They are incredible cats. This must have been a
youngster or a sick cat.....
Attacks on humans
Leopards, despite their smaller size, are just as capable of killing humans as the larger cats. The Leopard of Rudraprayag is claimed to have killed
over 125 people and the Panar Leopard allegedly killed 400 after being injured by a poacher and thus unable to hunt normal prey. Both were eventually
killed by famed big cat hunter and author Jim Corbett.
Hunting with the Leopard, from a Stamp of Jean Stradan (Sixteenth Century).
The leopard is a highly successful predator that hunts a wider variety of prey than most other big cats. In much of its range in Africa it competes
with animals such as the Spotted Hyena and the lion for prey, and it is not uncommon for them to be chased away from their own kills by other top
predators. Leopards usually hunt at night, dawn, or dusk and will stalk their prey before they make the kill by biting the throat, essentially
suffocating their prey. They will almost always drag their prey up to the relative safety of a tree. Leopards have been observed carrying prey three
times their body weight into trees.