This is the moment a group of hapless youths take selfies next to a dangerous leopard that strayed from a forest and onto a main road.
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The leopard was filmed outside the village of Chingam in the district of Kishtwar located in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, and was posted on social media where it has been widely shared.
According to local media, the group stopped their vehicles when they saw the jaguar (Panthera onca) roaming the street and surrounded it.
The wild cat was said to be walking slowly and, according to the people in the footage, it had been following the road for at least two kilometres (1.2 miles) after leaving its forest home for unknown reasons.
It is believed that the jaguar was either injured or unwell, and reports said that it was later caught by members of the wildlife department.
A department spokesperson said: “The animal is sick and is undergoing treatment at the trauma centre in Kishtwar. It is under observation and showing signs of recovery.”
In the video footage, the leopard is seen walking along a dirt track as excited youths walk behind and in front the big cat.
As they appear to follow the “sick” animal, several youths are heard shouting loudly.
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