This is the dramatic moment a wildlife expert was forced to fight for his life and used a pair of binoculars to defend himself after a large male leopard went on a rampage in a school in India.
Wildlife expert Sanjay Gubbi was one of six people who was mauled by the leopard as he attempted to capture the rogue animal during its ten-hour rampage.
The shocking incident took place in the Vibgyor International school in Kundalahalli in the Indian city of Bangalore, according to the News Minute.
The leopard was eventually tranquilised, 10 hours after the big cat rampaged through the school, attacking several people including a scientist and a forestry employee.
epa05149783 A photograph made available 08 February 2016 shows a leopard attacking a forest official at a school in Bangalore, India, 07 February 2016. A leopard that strayed into an empty school in south India injured three people before being captured in a 10-hour operation by local officials, police said. A conservationist and a wildlife official were mauled by the leopard, while a cameraman from a local television channel suffered injuries when he slipped while trying to get footage of the animal. EPA/SSTR
The leopard was eventually captured after it was cornered and tranquilised by several veterinary staff.
‘It was a long struggle to capture the leopard. Although it was injected with tranquilisers it could be captured only around 20.15 local time when the medication took full effect,’ said senior police official S Boralingaiah.
India has a considerable leopard population, according to a recent wildlife census, which estimates it currently stands at 12,000 to 14,000 leopards.
With blood dripping from his injured arm, Wildlife conservationist Sanjay Gubbi runs for his life