Kamla Negi, 56, from Koti Badna village in North India fought a leopard for an hour until she managed to kill the beast using a sickle and a small spade, India Today and then press sources all over the planet are reporting this morning.
Some of the sources mistakenly identify the woman’s kill as a tiger. It’s not. It’s Panthera pardus fusca, which has been declared an endangered species under Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, and is also listed as “Near Threatened” in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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The tiger is Panthera tigris, which is just as endangered, but knows better than to start up with angry Indian ladies. Obviously, Mr. Tigris did not live long enough to apply the lessons he just learned. He did flee the combat zone but was found dead outside the village.
It’s questionable whether the brave Indian woman will get to keep the pelt, seeing as she’s always dreamed of a nice leopard rug in the living room of her mud hut.
Negi is in hospital, being treated for three fractures and many cuts and wounds.
Last month, in Tehri in Dehra Dun, a pregnant woman, a four-year-old child and an elderly man were killed in leopard attacks in the Indian countryside. The Indian government’s department of forests even hired a hunter who shot down that leopard.
Who got that nice rug?
Unofficial estimates put the number of leopards in India at about 10, 000, with about 200 leopards killed by poachers every year, according to Down To Earth.