A leopard got smacked in the face by a two-pound cake as it gave up chasing two bikers in Madhya Pradesh’s Burhanpur on Monday. Brothers Firoz Mansuri and Sabir had bought the cake in Nepanagar town, about 320km from Bhopal for Firoz’s birthday and were returning home to Goradia village on a bike in the evening. However, they did not have the slightest knowledge of what was about to happen to them.
According to the brothers, as they were riding, a leopard leapt out from sugarcane fields and began chasing the bike. On seeing the wild cat, they accelerated, however, the leopard too gained speed and pawed at the motorcycle, leaving behind big scratches.
The brother told the Times of India that as the leopard tore the cake box with his claw, Sabir, who was riding pillion, flung the cake on the leopard, smashing it on its face.
On getting smacked with cream and cake, the leopard immediately ran back into the sugarcane field. Sabir told forest officials, “The leopard had followed us for over 500 metres. We narrowly escaped death."
Although the forest department was unsure of a leopard’s involvement in the incident, they found pugmarks of a leopard on the stretch where it happened.
A similar incident happened a few weeks back when a group of safari visitors in Kenya had to run for their lives when an enraged hippo chased their speedboat through Lake Victoria. One of the visitors named Dicken Muchena, who was an eye-witness to the terrifying incident had recorded the chase, which had later gone viral.
In the video, four hippopotami could be seen dropping their heads in the water before the boat approaches them. Out of the blue, one of the giant animals charged at the boat riders, giving them the shock of their life.
Muchena told The Sun, “We knew that the area was a harbour for hippos, and we wanted to set out to try and get some photos of them."