A Hwange man has grappled with a leopard which attacked him. He was only saved by his dogs which attacked and killed the predator.
19 year old Silent Dube suffered deep cuts on his face following the attack on Friday at around 5PM. He said the big cat attacked him from behind and slashed his face with its razor sharp claws.“The leopard attacked me from behind. It raked my face with its claws and blood started gushing out,” said Dube. He said he fell to the ground and the snarling animal tried to go for his neck with its fangs.
Mr Dube said he fought to keep the leopard’s mouth away from his neck while desperately holding onto its paws to prevent it from using its claws again.“The flowing blood from my face partially blinded me and made the leopard slippery and therefore difficult to hold onto,” he said. “When my dogs saw me on the ground wrestling with the leopard, which was on top of me, they sprang to my defence,” said Dube.
“The leopard let go off me. I rolled away and saw it fighting with the dogs. It was a fierce battle. I was too weak to get up and run away. I feared that it would overpower the dogs and return to finish me off,” he said.The herdsman said he was not sure how long the fight between his dogs and the leopard lasted. “You can imagine my relief when the dogs killed the leopard.
It’s a miracle they survived with minor scratches given the way the leopard was spitting, snarling and attacking them,” said Dube.
Mr Dube who was rushed to a private doctor in Victoria Falls, is now recovering at home.