This is Mumbai, India where they have a compact nature reserve very near or inside the city. There are leopards inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. I am guessing but it seems likely that the leopard in the video wandered out of the reserve into someone’s home looking for food. I seems remarkable and frankly irresponsible to have a national park inside a major city. The park’s address is: Gujarat Road, Borivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400066, India. This proves that it is inside Mumbai. Perhaps at one time it was outside this sprawling city of 18.4 million (London is about 8 million). As at 2018 there were 41 leopards in the park.
The great danger for leopards (and, of course, humans) is conflict with humans. There are countless incidences of leopards wandering incongruously down sidewalks and through backyards in India where they encounter scared people some of whom want to act macho and tackle the animal. At the end of the day the leopard loses and dies, attacked by an army of residents or shot by the authorities.
This is dysfunctional. It does not work but I suppose the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a great and profitable tourist attraction, one of the desirable assets of Mumbai and there is no chance of it being closed so the authorities put up with the inconvenience of the odd person being attacked by a leopard and in this case a dog being dragged out of his/her home into the night where he became a meal for this resourceful wild cat.
You can see how relatively small the leopard is in the video. I think people have a slightly distorted idea of the size of the leopard. They are not as big as people think but they are very agile and work at night to avoid humans.
When I first saw the video I puzzled as to what the animal was because of its relatively small size.
[weaver_breadcrumbs class=’alt-class’ style=’inline-style’]
[weaver_show_posts cats=”” tags=”leopard-conflict-with-people” author=”” sort=”ASC” number=”2″]