30 July, 2021

Mussoorie Diary

Tigers may be on the way out, but leopards are still very much with us, as I know from my own sightings and the experiences of others...

Mussoorie Diary
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Hot Dog Please

Tigers may be on the way out, but leopards are still very much with us, as I know from my own sightings and the experiences of others. Last summer, driving up from Dehradun around midnight, I saw a mother and her three cubs reclining on the parapet of the Mussoorie road, enjoying a cool breeze like any other visitor to the hill station. Normally, leopards won’t bother humans, but they are fond of dogs—not in the way we are fond of dogs, but as the main course for breakfast or dinner. Mr Solomon was walking his pet retriever outside his Landour villa when a leopard sprang out from the bushes, seized the dog (along with its lead), and vanished down the hillside before the astonished owner could react.

Rajiv Handa had a similar experience, but was able to save his dog. Late evening, Rajiv was in his living room, enjoying a book, when he heard a...

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