Bizarre as it might sound, but it were the dogs who actually became the messiah and saved lives of two women when two leopards attacked them.
The continual efforts led by the dogs kept the leopards at bay for about 15 minutes and achieved success to scare them away. However both the women suffered some minor injuries but they got lucky as their life was saved.
According to the police, Bayaji Bhimrao Bendre, a 50-year-old woman and a resident of unit 17, Aarey Colony, Mumbai and her family were at a Navratri immersion procession when the attack took place. Her two pet dogs came hurriedly to her rescue.
Bendre’s nephew Sunil Jaguwaghata, 35, said,
It was dark and two leopards attacked her. On hearing her screams, the dogs ran out and fought the big cats. The woman fled with sustained injuries to her left leg and right hand.
When Asha Gavit, a 55-year-old lady arrived at the spot to rescue Bayaji, unfortunately, she too fell into the trap of the leopards and was attacked. Gavit injured her leg.
After the incident, the police team visited the spot and recorded the women’s statements.
Senior inspector Vijayalaxmi Hiremath of Aarey Colony said,
We informed the forest department of the incident. They will set up cages to nab the leopards.