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An employee from the Shalati Conservation

in the Kruger National Park was forced to fight off a leopard after being attacked on Sunday.

South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement that the employee is currently recovering in hospital.

“After fighting off the leopard and shouting for help, the animal disappeared into the surrounding bush. The injured worker was rushed to the doctor for treatment,” said SANParks Head Ranger Cathy Dreyer.

Although the attack was serious and the employee suffered deep lacerations as well as significant trauma, his injuries are understood not to be life-threatening.

This is not the first time that a leopard has attacked an employee. In recent months an employee was also attacked by a leopard in the Kruger National Park. It’s not clear whether it’s the same leopard, but Dreyer confirmed that they suspect it might be.

“Since the first incident, every effort had been made to try and capture the leopard without success. Given the location of the incident, we suspect that the destroyed leopard is the same animal responsible for the first attack but we can never be sure.”

Jacaranda FM reports that the carcass of the leopard was delivered to the state vets to undertake a post-mortem.

Image credit: Lowvelder

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