A British tour guide was attacked by a leopard in the Kruger National Park in South Africa this week. The leopard was 6ft away when tourists on the safari vehicle lost sight of it. The leopard went around to the driver’s side and leapt at the guide, biting
deep into his arm. Another vehicle drove at full speed over the big cat, injuring it in the leg. Finally, Curtis Plumb, the guide, was rescued and operated on while the leopard was euthanized by the park authorities.
Following the incident, social media was abuzz on who was really to blame—the tourists who drove too close to the animal, possibly antagonizing it, or the leopard for attacking the guide. Such an incident could happen in India as well. It brings to light
the ongoing debate about how many tourists should be allowed inside wildlife parks and at what distance should they be allowed to view the animals.