Indian Woman Armed With Sickle And Spade Kills Leopard That Attacked Her In Long Struggle

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An Indian woman who was armed only with farming tools is in stable condition after she killed a leopard that attacked her.

Kamla Devi, 56, remains in hospital after a one-hour struggle with the predator near her village in Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand on Sunday morning, the Daily Mail reports.

The mother-of-one had been getting water from a canal and was carrying it back to her field when the leopard pounced from nearby bushes, forcing her to fight back with a sickle and spade.

Devi ended up knocking out some of the animal’s teeth during the battle.

"I fought head on with it for almost half an hour,” she told the BBC from hospital in the nearby town of Srinagar Garhwal. “Then I came to know it was dead.”

Doctors were shocked Devi made it out alive.

Devi had sustained bite marks all over her body and deep injuries on her head and legs, doctors told the BBC.

"I thought I was dead but I did not lose patience and courage," she told reporters after the attack.

When the leopard pounced, Devi didn’t give up. But instead, she fought to the death.

"At first, I was terrified,” Devi told Hindustan Times in a phone interview on Monday. “But, then I gathered my courage to fight back. I promised myself that this is not my last day here.”

Sources: Daily Mail, BBC, Hindustan Times