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A leopard grabbed a 3-year-old from a lodge in Uganda



It's every nightmare nightmare.

Last week, a babysitter at Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, did not notice that three-year-old Elisha Nabugyere stepped out of the door of the clerks' office.

Then she heard his screams.

A leopard had thrown himself on Elisha and dragged him into the bush. "The leopard grabbed and ran with him," said police officer SSP Nabugyere of the Kampala Post. There is no fence around the lodge.

Bashir Hangi, a spokesman for the Uganda Wildlife Authority, told the Telegraph that the nanny was trying to save the boy. "She heard the kid screaming for help, she intervened, but it was too late," he said. "The leopard disappeared in the bush, and a search was mounted until we got the skull the next day."

His father said that some other bones were later found.

Elisa's mother works for the park as a ranger. His parents told reporters that they hope the Uganda Wildlife Authority does more to protect employees and children, and that they expect compensation.

Park keepers are hunting for the leopard and planning to remove him from the wild. "Once it has eaten human flesh, the temptations are high to eat another human being," Hangi told the Telegraph. "It's getting dangerous."

The Queen Elizabeth is one of the most popular parks in Uganda. As the Telegraph reports, tourists come from all over to see the leopards, African buffaloes, Nile crocodiles, lions and chimpanzees of the Mweya Peninsula in the park.


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