Sunday, June 24, 2007

Indian farmer fights off leopard

SHIMLA, June 22: Dharam Singh, a fifty-five year old farmer fought with a leopard with his bare hands and escaped death in Chameola village, Hamirpur district, two days ago. He was walking towards his fields early in the morning when the beast attacked him from behind. He was on the edge of a 300-feet deep gorge but managed to keep his foothold.

The fight between the brave farmer and the leopard lasted for five minutes. Dharam Singh finally chased way the animal but fell unconscious and was removed to the district hospital by a subedar passing by. Dharam Singh is now recovering from injuries on his face, arms and over 20 stitches on his head. The forest officials have told The Statesman that they were "keeping a track of the leopard's movements in the region, just to be on the safe side". clid=2&id=187851&usrsess=1

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