Mumbai. Man fights leopard to save son from jaws of death in Mumbai. It was a father vs a big cat as a four-year-old’s life hung in balance. And the dad managed to win this battle.
An evening walk on Saturday at Royal Palms in Aarey colony turned into a crisis, when a leopard hiding in the bushes lunged for the toddler, who was just a few feet behind his father.
The man immediately ran to the nearby wall where the animal had dragged his son, and as the spotted cat tried to jump over with its prey, he snatched his boy. The leopard, unwilling to let him go, finally did after two passers-by ran in to help, creating a racket to scare the animal.
On Saturday night, the man, a resident of a society in the area, was out for a walk with his four-year-old son. The incident happened when they were on their way back.
“Around 7.30 pm, we were passing a stretch between some bungalows and a hillock. I was walking a few feet ahead of my son and saw a leopard sitting in the bushes 10 feet away. I turned around to protect him, but within seconds, the animal had jumped on him and dragged him towards a wall nearby,” he said.
He ran towards the leopard, and while the animal was trying to climb over the two-foot wall, he snatched the boy. “The animal was not ready to leave my son. But then, two people ran in to help, all of us making loud noises; it got scared and left my son,” he added.
The boy suffered injuries on his chest, back and leg. A passing biker took them to a private hospital in Gokuldham. Doctors there administered first aid to the boy and sent them to Life Wave hospital in Malad (East).