Leopard snatches 6-year-old boy as he plays with his brother in Kruger National Park
Little Kellan Denny’s father Justin ran out screaming “no, no, no this can’t be happening” as the ferocious big cat seized upon the youngster at Kruger National Park
A boy of six who was snatched by a leopard in a South African game reserve is recovering at home.
Little Kellan Denny’s father Justin ran out screaming “no, no, no this can’t be happening” as the ferocious big cat seized upon the youngster at Kruger National Park.
He had been playing with his eight-year-old brother when the feline lunged at him as he stood atop a low wall.
His father then witnessed the horrific moment his son was dragged 30 metres having sunk its razor sharp jaws into his shoulder.
Luckily the leopard dropped the boy allowing his father to pick him up and carry him to safety.
The boy is said to be “quite traumatised” but recovering well at home with his family.
It was the first incident of its kind at the reserve in 40 years, according to the manager of the camp, who asked not to be named.
The leopard was male, he confirmed, which he determined from the bitemarks on the boy’s arm.
Once they have reacher adulthood, males can run at speeds of up to 36mph, and weigh up to 201lb.
The manager said: “The leopard was most likely hunting when it saw the boy.”
Kellan was running along the wall and had done about seven laps when he was called back for lunch, Justin Denny told the local Cape Argus newspaper.
He said: “He wanted to go back and do another lap.
“When he went back to the wall, that is when the leopard attacked.”
Mr Denny ran after the leopard shouting: “No, no, no this can’t be happening.”
He said: “By the grace of God, it dropped him.”
“I picked him up and rushed him back to the rondavel. A neighbour arrived with his wife who is a nurse.”
The reserve’s management called for a doctor who raced to the boy to give him treatment.
Kellan was then taken to a hospital where he received stitches, was given a tetanus injection and administered antibiotics.
He added: “At the time, my focus was on chasing down the leopard and making sure Kellan was fine.
“His brother was also quite traumatised, but he was brave for his brother.”
Since the attack the boy’s family have dubbed him “Leopard Boy”.
A tour guide was attacked by a leopard at the park in July last year, forcing rangers to put the big cat down.
It had been stalking the vehicle, containing six tourists and a guide, when it suddenly pounced on the driver.