A toddler has died following a leopard attack in Uganda.  Picture:  Supplied
A toddler has died following a leopard attack in Uganda. Picture: Supplied

Toddler eaten by leopard at safari park

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A TODDLER has been snatched from his family and eaten by a leopard at a safari park in Uganda.

The three-year-old boy was being looked after by a nanny in unfenced staff quarters at a safari lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park when he was pounced on, reports The Sun.

The leopard snatched the little boy, who has not been named, and dragged him into the bush.

His remains were found the next day and the big cat is now being hunted so that it can be removed from the area.

The park ranger told AFP: "The maid was not aware the child followed her.

The boy was attacked at Queen Elizabeth National Park which is popular with tourists from around the world. Picture: Supplied
The boy was attacked at Queen Elizabeth National Park which is popular with tourists from around the world. Picture: Supplied

"She heard the kid scream for help, she intervened but it was too late the leopard had vanished with it in the bush and a search was mounted until we got the remains the next day.

"The hunt is on with the intention of capturing the leopard and removing it from the wild."

Wildlife authority spokesman Bashir Hangi said the child had followed the nanny outdoors.

"The maid was not aware the child followed her. She heard the kid scream for help, she intervened but it was too late the leopard had vanished with it in the bush and a search was mounted until we got the skull the next day," he said.

"The hunt is on with the intention of capturing the leopard and removing it from the wild because once it has eaten human flesh, the temptations are high to eat another human being, it becomes dangerous," he added.

Mike Hodge was attacked by a lion at the Makarele Predator Centre in Thabazimbi, South Africa. Picture: AFP
Mike Hodge was attacked by a lion at the Makarele Predator Centre in Thabazimbi, South Africa. Picture: AFP

The horrific attack comes just a week after a lion mauled a British safari park owner in South Africa.

Mike Hodge, 71, escaped with a broken jaw after being savaged on by the big cat at Marakele Animal Sanctuary in Thabazimbi.

Keepers shot the lion, Shamba, dead after the attack.

 

This article originally appeared in The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.


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