ST. LOUIS (CBS St. Louis) — A leopard is reportedly behind the deaths of 15 people in a Nepalese village.
CNN reports that authorities blame a single leopard for killing 15 people in a 15-month span in the Baitadi district, including 10 children under the age of 10 in that time period.
“Since human blood has more salt than animal blood, once wild animals get the taste of salty blood they do not like other animals like deer,” Maheshwor Dhakal, ecologist at the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in Kathmandu, told CNN.
Authorities have found grisly body parts left behind by the man-eating leopard.
“In the case of the children it just leaves behind the head, eating everything, but some parts of the adult body are left behind because it cannot finish it,” Kamal Prasad Kharel, the Baitadi district’s chief of police, said to CNN.
A $300 reward is being offered to capture or kill the leopard.
Members of the leopard species have been classified as endangered, including the Amur leopard where only a few hundred exist in the world.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, the Henry Doorly Zoo is trying to mate Amur leopards in an effort to breed in captivity.
The St. Louis Zoo also features Amur leopards, with the youngest one being 2 years old.