Forest officials sent to rescue a leopard cub in central Assam's Nagaon district ended up killing the animal after it attacked them on Sunday, an official said.
A team of forest department officials from Salona Forest Range went to Nonoi Tea Estate after getting receiving information about a leopard cub. They were to rescue the animal and release it in the nearby jungle, said Salim Ahmed, the Range officer of Salona Forest Range.
However, the two-year-old cub attacked one of the team members and he fired to save himself. The animal died on the spot, Mr Ahmed said.
After post-mortem examination and other departmental formalities, the carcass was cremated as per rule, he added.
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