Leopard escapes from forest, attack on cyclist near Kaziranga National Park
Last Update: 22 September 2022, 19:27 IST
A video of a leopard attacking a cyclist near Kaziranga National Park in Assam has gone viral. The highly shared footage shows the leopard emerging from the forest and climbing onto a cyclist on NH37 in Kaziranga.
It can be seen in the video that the animal came out of the forest and came straight to the cyclist and pushed him with his bicycle. As the cyclist lost his balance and rolled off the cycle, the leopard went back to the forest.
Seeing the attack, other cyclists and drivers passing by also stopped for some time. Fortunately, hurt by the attack but apparently shaken, the cyclist then turned his bike around and started cycling in the opposite direction. He was looking over his shoulder, fearing the leopard would return.
Watch the viral video here:
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) 15 June 2022
The incident took place on January 19 in the Haldibari Animal Corridor. The shocking video was captured in the CCTV cameras installed by the KNP officials. Luckily, the cyclist did not suffer any serious injuries. He was identified as 22-year-old Arun Kumar, a local resident.
Haldibari Animal Corridor is said to be one of the most sensitive corridors of Kaziranga National Park. As the scene went viral, DFO of Kaziranga National Park Ramesh Kumar Gogoi urged the public to travel cautiously and stop the parking of vehicles in the area for their own safety.
This video was first shared by IFS officer Parveen Kaswan on Twitter on June 15, after which it went viral.
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