Man-Eating Leopard Stalking Nepal: Fifteen Dead

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Shades of the man-eaters of Tsavo!

Via Newser:

A horrific story from western Nepal: Authorities are hunting for a man-eating leopard that may have killed 15 people, including a 4-year-old boy whose head was found in a forest, CNN reports. At most two leopards are behind the attacks, officials say, because man-eating leopards are so rare—and this one is unlikely to stop. “Since human blood has more salt than animal blood, once wild animals get the taste of salty blood they do not like other animals like deer,” says Maheshwor Dhakal, a government ecologist.

Not so sure about that blood thing, but keep reading here.

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  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    leopards can be pretty scary. Even though they are a lot smaller than lions and tigers they are much more intelligent.

  • InfvoCuernos

    We need more man-eating leopards in the US.

    • Matt Staggs

      GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_cougar_attacks_in_North_America (Panthers, leopards and cougars are the same animal.)

      • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

        “(Panthers, leopards and cougars are the same animal.)”
        …um…

        • Matt Staggs
          • InfvoCuernos

            You learn something new every day! I wonder if the jackal and coyote are the same also..

          • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

            no. Not to be a stickler but no, though they appear to occupy a similar niche and because of that probably show convergent evolution.

          • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

            Right, Panthers and leopards are the same and Pumas/cougars/mountain lions are the same but Panther/leopards are not the same as puma/cougar/mountain lions.

            Felis concolor is the puma/cougar/mountain lion

            Panthera pardus is the leaopard/panther

      • Calypso_1

        ‘Man-eating cougars’, hasn’t that been a cultural trend that’s been pushed over the last decade?

  • drew hempel

    Of course the salt in the blood is true because modern humans are addicted to salt since it causes a dopamine rush. The SAn Bushman – the original humans for 90% of human history from 100,000 BCE — they rarely ate salt.

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