The partially eaten body was found at 8.30am by two BMC-employed security guards, who followed a trail of blood from the post. According to forest officials, Frenandes bled to death owing to injuries to his neck.
The frequency at which the leopard attacks have happened this year is alarming as not a single such death was reported in suburban Mumbai between December 2007 and December 2011. This year, all six deaths have occurred in suburban areas adjacent to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. In November, Usha Yadav, 2, and Sanjana Thorat, 6, were also killed by a leopard in the same area where Thursday’s attack took place.