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12-year-old boy saves sibling from leopard attack in Budgam

10:02 PM Mar 19, 2024 IST | GK Web Desk
12 year old boy saves sibling from leopard attack in budgam
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Srinagar, March 19: In a daring act of bravery, a 12-year-old boy risked his life to rescue his younger brother from a leopard attack in central Kashmir's Budgam district.

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The incident happened as the two brothers were playing cricket in their yard during iftar time on Monday evening.

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"We were playing when suddenly I saw something moving suspiciously near our house. Before I knew it, the leopard pounced on my little brother," recounted Aqib Javed, a fourth-grade student, reported news agency KNO.

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With no time to spare and his hands empty, Aqib acted instinctively. "I had to save him, he's my brother," he said. "I grabbed a ball from my pocket and threw it at the leopard, hitting its eye and diverting its attention away from my brother."

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The situation remained dire as the leopard prepared to attack again, but Aqib's friend intervened. "My friend threw a brick at the leopard, and we made a lot of noise which attracted people, and together we scared the leopard away," Aqib recalled.

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Reflecting on the incident, Aqib expressed relief that his brother's life was spared. "I feared the worst, especially after imagining the leopard attacking a girl last week in this same village in which she lost her life."

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However, the family struggled to get help due to the lack of network facilities in their village, they said.

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"We couldn't reach the driver to take him to the hospital," the family said, adding that they face difficulties due to the non-availability of a network facility.

"We're scared to even step outside. We need the government to ensure we have network facilities and policy to stop these leopard attacks," they appealed.

12-year-old Aqib’s courageous act was praised across the village.

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