Leopard enters kitchen, snatches 3-year-old from horrified mother before decapitating the child
The leopard dragged 3-year-old Wasim Akram into the woods nearby before killing him just days after an eight-year-old boy was mauled to death in the region by the same animal
A three-year-old boy in Jammu and Kashmir, India was found decapitated after he was snatched from his home by a leopard, according to reports. The boy, identified as Wasim Akram, was attacked while he was in the kitchen with his mother.
Officials said that the predator entered the house, pounced on the child and dragged him into the woods nearby. Reports state that this is the third such killing which has been blamed on the same animal in the last two months in the area.
The leopard's other alleged victim includes an eight-year-old boy, who was mauled to death in the region on December 7, according to AFP.
Reports state that local officials in the region have asked permission from the state government to "eliminate" the predator. Officials said that, after Akram's body was found in the woods, it was returned to his parents on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, ever since the incident, a team of wildlife officials with tranquilizer guns have been scouring the region to spot the animal. Jammu regional wildlife warden Tahir Ahmad Shawl, while talking to AFP, said: "The leopard was spotted this morning but we could not trap it."
The wildlife authorities in the region also warned people to stay safe from any possible animal attacks.
Shaw added: "This is a forested area and humans have entered into their (animals') habitat and not the other way round. Therefore these incidents happen."
According to officials, there are an estimated 12,000 to 14,000 leopards in the country and, out of these, an estimated 431 leopards were killed in 2017. Most of these animals were killed by poachers for their body parts and hides. However, there are no concrete figures on the number of humans killed by leopards in India.