Leopard attacks tour guide in South African park

The guide was viewing wildlife with tourists when the attack happened.

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A safari tour guide in South Africa had a lucky save after surviving a leopard attack at the Kruger National Park.

The guide was viewing wildlife with tourists when the attack happened - while driving an open safari vehicle, his group spotted the animal in the bush and they stopped to get a better view.

According to a statement released by park officials, the animal "cunningly disappeared" from view and then sprang a surprise attack, pouncing on the guide's arm.

Eyewitnesses say the leopard then tried to jump into the car, resisting efforts by passengers to fend it off as a park visitor rammed the leopard with the door of his car to try and force it to release the guide's arm.

Park spokesman William Mabasa in the statement said "it is suspected that the leopard was fighting with another one as its hind was badly injured. The other leopard was spotted in the area watching from a distance."

The tour guide reportedly sustained deep cuts and bites to the arm, as did the leopard which suffered further injuries when the guide accidentally reversed onto it as he sped away after being released from its grip.

The animal was later put down.

It would be recalled that last month, American editor, Katherine Chappell who's worked on 'Game of Thrones', amongst other Hollywood hits was mauled to death by a lion at a South African park.

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