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12-year old girl sleeping with parents dragged and partially eaten by leopard in Rajasthan
In India, incidents of wild cats encroaching into human settlements have been on the rise lately. Although the attacks from wild animals, especially by leopards have been increasing, it seems that authorities have turned a blind eye to them.

Even a big city like Mumbai has been witness to this man-animal conflict. Areas around the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali, Mumbai receive many such unwanted visitors in form of wild cats. In 2013, 7-year old Prakash Salunkhe had lost his life after a leopard that had strayed from the park attacked and killed him, while he was walking to school.

Children are easy targets for leopards, as they are rendered helpless when confronted by a big, strong and ferocious animal like a leopard. In February this year a leopard had strayed into a school in Bengaluru. Thankfully, it was a Sunday and the school was off. But, still the wild cat injured six people before it was finally tranquilized after a 10-hour standoff.

It seems that the wild animals are seeking revenge from humans and trying to reclaim their lost territory, which man has been encroaching upon.

In a latest incident at a village near Udaipur in Rajasthan, a 12-year old girl named Ravina was dragged and partially eaten by a leopard, while she was sleeping with her parents.

The incident happened on Wednesday, when Ravina was sleeping with her father Ranjit Singh and mother on the terrace of their house. Around midnight the leopard grabbed Ravina by the neck and carried her away.


Ravina's mother realized that she was missing by 4 am. But by that time, it was too late. Her lifeless body was recovered after a frantic search by villagers. Ravina's body was found from the backyard of her house covered in mud and bearing teeth marks.

But what is shocking is the cold attitude of the authorities, who have not taken any steps to provide a solution for this problem. The villagers have protested in the past and pleaded with the authorities, but to no avail. This is the second incident of leopard attack in the village. The village lies in an area where leopard sightings are common and pug marks can be often seen on the ground. Police and forest officials have been called to search for the wild cat, before it claims another life.

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