Girl, four, beaten to death by wild LEOPARD who attacked her at her brother’s birthday party in India
A four-year-old girl was beaten to death by a wild leopard at her brother’s birthday party in northern India.
Ada Yasir Mir was walking in her family’s yard near the city of Srinagar when the animal swept her away on Thursday, leaving behind only a doll she had with her.
A few minutes earlier, Ada, dressed in a Barbie dress and crown, had called her family to cut her brother Ali’s birthday cake.
On Friday, after her family spent hours searching for Ada, the girl’s body parts were found in a nearby forest.
Ada Yasir Mir was walking in her family’s yard near the city of Srinagar when the animal dragged her away on Thursday — leaving behind only a doll she had with her.
Girl was beaten to death by a leopard at her brother’s birthday party in northern India (file photo)
“Ada had returned from her mother’s childhood home because it was her brother Ali’s seventh birthday,” her uncle Aijaj Ahmed said. NDTV.
“She went upstairs and grabbed her favorite ‘Barbie dress’ for the occasion and donned a princess crown before stepping out into the garden to ask her grandfather to finish his tea as they had to cut the cake,” said Mr Ahmed.
But moments later, the family heard Ada’s piercing screams before running outside to find no sign of her.
Local residents have said they have warned conservationists that a few leopards have been spotted in the area, but claim “nothing” was done.
Sana Fazili, who lives in the area, said authorities “have done nothing despite being warned by locals since February this year.”
Mr Ahmed said the wildlife had been caught on camera in their neighborhood, which is located next to a 20-hectare nursery.
“The purpose of the nursery was to grow saplings that could later be planted in the forest area,” he said. “But they haven’t maintained the nursery and it’s pretty much a forest.
“After her death, they started pruning trees and clearing the bushes, which they should have done over the years.
“We believe that the child’s death is the result of the actions of Staatsbosbeheer. This nursery is surrounded by human habitation and wild animals roam freely in the nursery.’
Dozens of mourners gathered outside the girl’s home over the weekend to offer their condolences to the grieving family
Dozens of mourners gathered outside the girl’s home over the weekend to offer their condolences to the grieving family.
“She was an extraordinary girl, always bubbly and with a smile. But what happened to her should not happen to anyone,” said Mr Ahmed.
In tribute to Ada, Ms. Fazili tweeted: ‘Adaa rani, she would call herself. I can’t forget the sound of her laughing and her running around. What a disaster.’ She had previously tweeted a video of Ada dancing and singing.
Ms Fazili had previously tweeted: “Her body has been found. She didn’t deserve this. This apple of his eye didn’t deserve this.’
Delhi Public School, where Ada was a student, said in a statement: “We are heartbroken by the suffering and loss of the little one and we stand with the family with sadness and solidarity. We pray for the eternal peace of the departed soul and healing for those she left shattered and inconsolable.”
Rashid Naqash, the Regional Wildlife Warden in Kashmir, said his department was not responsible for the death.
“We have raised the issue of the nursery and the presence of wildlife on several occasions over the past four years following the first sighting of a leopard there,” Mr Naqash told PTI.
“We launched a powerful door-to-door campaign to educate people about the threat and preventative measures that needed to be taken for their safety. We have asked them not to allow children outside their homes, especially at dawn and after sunset,” the official said.
Mr Nagash also said the victim’s home is near the nursery and there is no secure fence separating the two areas.
“The household has rabbits and poultry, and the girl was attacked when she was moving alone at dusk,” he said.