This is the moment a stick-wielding mob of angry villagers surround and kill an endangered leopard after pelting it with stones until it came down from a tree.
Video Credit: AsiaWire
The incident was filmed in the village of Kurubarahalli in the district of Chitradurga in the south-western Indian state of Karnataka and later shared on social networks.
According to local media, the leopard (Panthera pardus), categorised as ‘vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, attacked two residents in the village’s pomegranate orchard this week.
An angry mob then formed to find and kill the big cat, according to reports.
Villagers found the leopard sitting in a tree and they threw stones at it to make it come down.
Picture Credit: AsiaWire
At that point, the local authorities arrived to prevent the mob from killing the endangered animal, but they were vastly outnumbered and unable to calm down the gang.
As seen in the video footage, the leopard eventually jumped down from the tree and was immediately surrounded by dozens of angry villagers.
They are seen thumping the leopard to death with long poles.
In May, a mob of villagers killed a leopard and gouged out its eyes in the north-eastern state of Assam.
The mob believed that the animal seriously injured a male resident and they reportedly cut off its paws before stringing up the corpse and displaying it in the village for several days.
It is unclear if anyone has been arrested.