Fierce leopard mauls 11 in Indian frenzy.
A snarling leopard has mauled 11 people in an Indian village and terrorised wildlife officials trying to drive it away before it was tranquilised. It died of injuries from the fierce showdown.
Forestry officials were forced to flee, dive for cover and even climb up on a jeep to escape the adult, male leopard's attacks in West Bengal state.
At one point, the big cat leapt through the air, fangs bared, and tackled a man, clutching him in its giant paws as it knocked him off the wall he was standing on.
The wildlife officials - wearing protective helmets and carrying batons and tranquiliser guns - had hoped to drive the cat into a nearby wildlife sanctuary.
But the leopard stood its ground, crouching on a wall, hissing and attacking those who came near.
It injured six villagers, a policeman and four forest guards before being hit with a tranquiliser gun. The people are recovering from their injuries, mostly swipes from the cat's claws.