Spot News - First Place: Salil Bera
Guards attempt to subdue a leopard on the loose near Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary in India's West Bengal. More than 15,000
hectares of forest land have been encroached upon in West Bengal, forcing wild animals out of their natural habitats and into
areas where humans aren't properly trained to handle them. In this case, a leopard stepped out of the jungle and into conflict
with local guards, who began hurling stones in the direction of the scared animal. Later, burning tires were thrown in the
When nothing happened, the guards concluded the leopard, a member of an endangered species, had probably died. But then it let
out a roar and jumped in desperation upon the forest guards, who tried to subjugate the animal with brutal kukri stabs.
Eventually, the leopard was captured in a net, but by then, it had almost died because of mistreatment from the guards.