A leopard dragged away and devoured a 14-year-old girl in western Nepal in what is thought to be the fifth deadly attack by the same animal in just two months, police said.
The youngster 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 Wednesday’s attack and police believed the same animal was responsible for all the deaths.
Villagers claim three more people have been killed by the leopard in nearby settlements on the Indian side of the border.
Most of Nepal’s leopards are found on the sub-equatorial plains of the southern Terai and in forested hill regions, where conflict with humans is a perennial problem.
Seven people were killed by leopards in the same district last year.