Leopard bites tour guide at KNP

The leopard sprung a surprise attack and pounced on the guide’s arm.

The leopard after capture for examination. Picture: SanParks.

JOHANNESBURG - A wildlife guide on Thursday survived a leopard attack while viewing wildlife with tourists in the Kruger National Park (KNP) just outside the Skukuza Camp.

The guide was driving an open safari vehicle when his group spotted the animal in the bush.

They stopped to get a better view.

Park officials said in a statement the animal "cunningly disappeared" from view and then sprung a surprise attack and pounced on the guide's arm.

According to witnesses, the leopard then tried to jump into the car, resisting efforts by passengers to fend it off.

A fellow visitor to the park rammed the feline with the door of his car to try and force it to release the guide's arm.

KNP's William Mabasa says a tourist passing by saved the guide's life.

"One of the tourists who was watching this thing happening drove near and started hitting the leopard with the door of his vehicle until it let go of the guy's arm. When our rangers arrived, they put it down.

"It is suspected that the leopard was fighting with another one as its hind was badly injured. The other leopard was spotted in the area watching from a distance."

The leopard suffered further injuries when the guide accidentally reversed onto it as he sped away after being released from its grip.

The guide sustained deep cuts and bites to the arm.

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