A leopard attacks a policeman and sows panic in an Iranian city

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Tehran (AFP) – A leopard attacked a policeman in a town in northern Iran, causing panic among local residents on Sunday before being captured, state media reported.

The animal “attacked and injured a policeman before fleeing towards a garden” in Ghaemshahr, said the spokesman for the protection of the environment of the province of Mazandaran, Kamyar Valipur, quoted by the agency of IRNA official press.

“The policeman’s state of health is stable,” he said.

A video circulating on social media shows a leopard standing in front of a building above a bank. Shortly after, panicked, the animal jumped to the ground and fled.

Terrified inhabitants are unleashed in all directions, shouting, on the images.

The leopard was captured and taken to Semeskandeh Wildlife Sanctuary in the same area, IRNA said.

According to Valipour, the province’s environment department is investigating whether the animal entered the city from forested areas or was illegally detained at a local home.

Persian leopards are listed as an endangered species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.

Many wild animals, including wolves and foxes, have been sighted in urban areas of Iran in recent weeks, according to Hamshahri, the Tehran Municipal Daily.

The newspaper notably reported the sighting of a bear in the southern city of Marvdasht and a wolf attack on two elderly women in Khalkhal, in northwestern Iran.

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