A man-eating leopard has claimed its fifth victim in just two months after dragging away and devouring a 14-year-old girl in Nepal.
So far, all the animal’s victims have been female.
In the latest attack, the unnamed teenager was cutting grass in the forest near her home in Baitadi district, on the border with India, when she was attacked by the animal, said Bishnu Bahadur Karki, a local deputy superintendent of police.
“The locals found the body torn into pieces and eaten below the neck at the forest area yesterday,” he told AFP.
Karki said three young girls and a 35-year-old pregnant woman had been killed in the weeks leading up to yesterday’s attack.
Police believed the same animal was responsible for all the deaths.
“The leopard has continuously been victimizing and terrorizing the people of Pancheshwor village. We requested the district forest office to allow us to kill it but they refused, saying that the law does not provide such permission,” Karki told AFP.