|Wildlife expert Sanjay Gubbi fought off the leopard after the big cat attacked him as he tried to escape|
This is the dramatic moment a wildlife expert was forced to fight for his life and used a pair of binoculars to defend himself after a large male leopard went on a rampage in a school in India.
Wildlife expert Sanjay Gubbi was one of six people who was mauled by the leopard as he attempted to capture the rogue animal during its ten-hour rampage. The shocking incident took place in the Vibgyor International school in Kundalahalli in the Indian city of Bangalore, according to the News Minute.
The leopard was eventually tranquilised, 10 hours after the big cat rampaged through the school, attacking several people including a scientist and a forestry employee.
Photos have emerged of the moment Mr Gubbi grappled with the leopard, desperately attempting to wrestle the big cat, close to the school's swimming pool. He can be seen struggling as the beautiful leopard overpowers him and sinks its claws and teeth into the side of his arm and shoulder.
CCTV footage shows the early moments when the leopard, believed to be an eight-year-old male, walked onto the school's premises early yesterday morning. Witnesses described how the leopard seemed to panic as it ran through the school, jumping on anyone who got in the way.
Several other people injured by the leopard have now been named including forest department employee Benny Maurius.
|With blood dripping from his injured arm, Wildlife conservationist Sanjay Gubbi runs for his life|
|The lion bites into the upper arm of Mr Gubbi as he tries to free himself from the aggressive big cat|
|The leopard charges towards a crowd of young men, who desperately try to run for their lives|
|Mr Gubbi uses his binoculars to fight off their lion as it claws at his right arm and shoulder|
|Forestry officials run towards the leopard in a desperate bid to try and halt its devastating rampage|
|The leopard attacks Sanjay Gubbi near the swimming pool despite a man armed with a tranquiliser gun waiting in the wings|
|Officials took time to put up nets were only able to capture the leopard ten hours after it first entered the school|
|Desperate to capture the fugitive leopard, large nets were laid out in several of the school rooms|
|India has a considerable leopard population, according to a recent wildlife census, which estimates it currently stands at 12,000 to 14,000 leopards|
|Environment officials brought a large metal cage to the school in preparation for the eventual capture of the eight-year-old leopard|
|Several men managed to trap the leopard in a large net while it was hiding up a ladder. After a ten hour ordeal, the leopard was tranquilised and removed to safety|
|The school's CCTV footage shows the leopard prowling through the corridors of the school in Bangalore|
|It is also thought that a television channel cameraman and presenter were also caught up in the incident and injured|
IN ANOTHER CLIME, NIGERIA - LION ESCAPES FROM JOS WILD LIFE PARK, SHOT DEAD
|The Lion was shot and killed with live ammunition|
A lion which escaped early Wednesday (2th December 2015) from a wild life park in Jos, Plateau State, has been killed. An official of the Plateau State Ministry of Tourism, in charge of the park, Abdullahi Abe, told PREMIUM TIMES the animal had been shot dead.
He said the body of the lion would be taken to the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Jos south Local Government Area the state, for preservation. Mr. Abe said the lion did not harm anyone as speculated. He did not give further details.
The police spokesperson, Abuh Emmanuel, said officers had hoped to recover the lion alive. “We had dispatched our men with experts in search of the lion with the intention to recover the animal alive,” he told PREMIUM TIMES.
The escape of the lion caused panic in the town as many residents stayed indoors for fear of being attacked.