September 27, 2016 1:27:54 am
The Narmada forest department is investigating the mysterious killing of a female leopard in Tilakwada taluka of the district. The mutilated body of the leopard was discovered late on Sunday in a forest, with a noose around its neck.
On Monday, the forest department consigned the leopard’s carcass to flames as per the procedure of disposing of dead animals. It has also registered a case of animal atrocity and killing.
Officials said that the female leopard could have possibly been prey to a “black magic” ritual, as its front paws were severed from the body and the nails found missing.
An official said, “The autopsy was conducted on the leopard and it appears to be a torturous killing of the animal. While the body is mutilated — front paws and nails missing, there are visible injury marks and the leopard was also found with a metal wire around its neck, which means it was killed by strangulation. It is possible that the perpetrators could have held the animal by the neck before maiming while it was alive.”
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