The jaw-dropping clip show villagers running for their lives as the wild cat prowls through Jharkhand in India, before escaping into nearby a forest where it remains on the loose

    Horrifying footage shows the moment a blood-thirsty leopard pounces on villagers in a terrifying attack that has left seven people injured.

    The jaw-dropping clip features the leopard prowling through the village in Jharkhand, India, as people run for their lives.

    Some villagers are thrown around like a rag doll by the leopard after being knocked to the ground.

    The shocking wild cat attack happened in the village of Mohlitola, at around 5am on New Year's Eve.

    The leopard was discovered hiding in a hut and villagers attempted to chase it away using sticks and stones as weapons.

    A blood-thirsty leopard pounces on villager
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    The video was captured by one of the residents, which shows villagers chase the leopard into a field and away from homes.

    A team of forest officials arrived soon after receiving the distress call and tried to capture the animal but the leopard escaped into the nearby forest and is still on the loose.

    Local journalist, Rab Nawaz Alam, said: “This is the first time that leopard has attacked in the area.

    The wild cat attack happened on New Year's Eve in the village of Mohlitola
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    Seven people were injured in the attack
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    "The leopard has still not been captured as continued efforts to capture the animal is being made by the forest officials.”

    District forest officer, Vikas Paliwal, said: “There is no reason to panic and I would appeal the villagers to stay calm as we have kept a watch on the movement of the leopard and we will rescue it safely without any of the residents being harmed.”

    “We will tranquillize the animal if needed and we have kept two hunters on standby to give it the tranquillizer shot.

    The leopard is still on the loose
    (Image: News Fiesta / SWNS)

    "We also have a vet who will then check the health and it will then be released in the Birsa Munda Animal Reserve.”

    The injured people were taken to the Sadar Hospital in the district and were treated for their minor injuries.

    As per the survey conducted in the year 2015, at least 29 leopards are said to be residing in the forest reserve in Jharkhand.



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