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    Man vs. Leopard | Carl Akeley’s Fight For His Life

  • #2
    That's a great story.

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    • #3
      Carl Akeley was an interesting man, father of modern taxidermy, one of the first conservationists, inventor (pioneered shotcrete process!) sculptor, etc etc.

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      • #4
        There was a news story out about 5 or so years ago, about an African villagers who was around 75 years old. He was weeding the village garden, something he had been doing his whole life when a leopard attacked him.

        He got his arm clawed up pretty good but he managed to rip the leopard's tongue from it's mouth killing it and stopping the attack.


        Man rips leopard's tongue out: News24: Africa: News


        Man rips leopard's tongue out
        2005-06-23 08:35




        Nairobi - A 73-year-old man used his bare hands to tear out the tongue of a leopard that attacked him in Kenya and killed it, a newspaper said on Wednesday of an incident confirmed by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

        The 73-year-old Daniel M'Mburugu was working in his potato garden near Mount Kenya in the centre of the country when the animal, apparently aggressive, hurtled from nearby grass and charged towards him.

        "It let out a blood-curdling snarl that made the birds stop chirping. I froze for some seconds, then it dawned on me that death was staring at me on the face," he told the Standard Newspaper.

        M'Mburugu, a peasant farmer, dropped the machete he was carrying and forced his hand into the leopard's mouth, pulling out its tongue in an act of self-defence, according to the report in the daily.

        "A voice, which must have been from God, whispered to me to drop the panga (machete) and thrust my hand into its wide open mouth, I obeyed," he said, explaining that the leopard sank its teeth into his wrist, but would not let go.

        As the struggle continued, M'Mburugu realised the animal's "breathing was belaboured", prompting him to keep pulling the tongue.

        Villagers only responded when the animal lay dying and he gained instant status as a village hero, the paper said.

        "Wardens said the leopard attacked the man because it was injured elsewhere. Wild animals are usually very aggressive and attack unprovoked when injured," said KWS spokesperson Edward Indakwa.

        "Nevertheless, he was lucky," he added of the incident that occurred early this month.

        Incidents of human-wildlife conflict in the east African nation are common, mostly near game parks and national reserves.



        I would have used the panga personally, but I guess you can't always ignore the voices in your head.

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        • #5
          Leopards are very feared despite their small size, they give little indication before they charge/attack, Jim Corbett the great hunter of man-eaters in colonial India feared them more than Tigers.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by GonzoStyles View Post
            Leopards are very feared despite their small size, they give little indication before they charge/attack, Jim Corbett the great hunter of man-eaters in colonial India feared them more than Tigers.
            he would definitely prefer to meet a leopard if it would be hand to hand

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kingoftheforest View Post
              There was a news story out about 5 or so years ago, about an African villagers who was around 75 years old. He was weeding the village garden, something he had been doing his whole life when a leopard attacked him.

              He got his arm clawed up pretty good but he managed to rip the leopard's tongue from it's mouth killing it and stopping the attack.


              Man rips leopard's tongue out: News24: Africa: News


              Man rips leopard's tongue out
              2005-06-23 08:35




              Nairobi - A 73-year-old man used his bare hands to tear out the tongue of a leopard that attacked him in Kenya and killed it, a newspaper said on Wednesday of an incident confirmed by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

              The 73-year-old Daniel M'Mburugu was working in his potato garden near Mount Kenya in the centre of the country when the animal, apparently aggressive, hurtled from nearby grass and charged towards him.

              "It let out a blood-curdling snarl that made the birds stop chirping. I froze for some seconds, then it dawned on me that death was staring at me on the face," he told the Standard Newspaper.

              M'Mburugu, a peasant farmer, dropped the machete he was carrying and forced his hand into the leopard's mouth, pulling out its tongue in an act of self-defence, according to the report in the daily.

              "A voice, which must have been from God, whispered to me to drop the panga (machete) and thrust my hand into its wide open mouth, I obeyed," he said, explaining that the leopard sank its teeth into his wrist, but would not let go.

              As the struggle continued, M'Mburugu realised the animal's "breathing was belaboured", prompting him to keep pulling the tongue.

              Villagers only responded when the animal lay dying and he gained instant status as a village hero, the paper said.

              "Wardens said the leopard attacked the man because it was injured elsewhere. Wild animals are usually very aggressive and attack unprovoked when injured," said KWS spokesperson Edward Indakwa.

              "Nevertheless, he was lucky," he added of the incident that occurred early this month.

              Incidents of human-wildlife conflict in the east African nation are common, mostly near game parks and national reserves.



              I would have used the panga personally, but I guess you can't always ignore the voices in your head.
              Fighting with leopards need lots of braveness and courage gr8 man

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