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Man catches leopard in bedroom with bare hands
Ynet News ^ | 5/28/2007 | Anat Bereshovsky

Posted on 05/28/2007 10:55:48 AM PDT by mary_misfit

A Negev resident woke up early Monday morning to find a leopard in his bedroom.

The wild animal had been chasing Arthur Damush's beloved cat around the house, and when the two animals entered his bedroom, Damush did not hesitate, and knew exactly what he had to do.

The Midreshest Ben-Gurion resident instinctively jumped out of his bed and caught the wild creature with his bare hands.

In the past two weeks residents of the area noticed that cats were slowly disappearing, and occasionally spotted the leopard sneaking between houses. This time, however, the leopard decided to pay the Damush household a visit.

Raviv Shapira, head of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority's southern district, told Ynet, "Around 3 am, a cat ran into the house, with the leopard chasing after him. The two animals lunged into the bedroom.

"The homeowner who was sleeping with his wife woke up and yelled: 'Leopard!', and at first thought he was seeing things. When the leopard used its teeth to grab the cat by its neck, the homeowner pounced on it and caught it with his hands."

Shapira added that this was the first time he had ever encountered a leopard entering a home.

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Who knew leopards like to eat cats? Isn't that a kind of cannibalism? Brave guy to grab it, though.
1 posted on 05/28/2007 10:55:53 AM PDT by mary_misfit
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To: mary_misfit
I once shot an elephant in my pajamas...
2 posted on 05/28/2007 10:58:19 AM PDT by null and void (Carter calling Bush worst president in U.S. history is like Michael Moore calling Ann Coulter fat...)
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To: mary_misfit
What's amazing is that everybody lived, with only minor injuries.

At least everybody but the cat . . . they don't say about the cat.

But leopards are opportunists. They'll eat anything made of protein, even other leopards.

3 posted on 05/28/2007 10:58:57 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: mary_misfit

This guy clangs when he walks.


4 posted on 05/28/2007 11:00:02 AM PDT by CMS (When injustice becomes law rebellion becomes duty ||||Liberals: hard on fetuses soft on terrorists)
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To: mary_misfit
Shapira added that this was the first time he had ever encountered a leopard entering a home

Unusual, since leopards are usually spotted quite readily...

5 posted on 05/28/2007 11:00:21 AM PDT by mikrofon (*** Thread Moved to -chat- ***)
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To: AnAmericanMother
At least everybody but the cat . . . they don't say about the cat.

He got the leopard some gloves.

6 posted on 05/28/2007 11:00:24 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Thank you St. Jude.)
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To: CMS

No kidding.


7 posted on 05/28/2007 11:01:19 AM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: mary_misfit

Just goes to show....don’t mess with the Israeli’s!!!!!!

Cool story!


8 posted on 05/28/2007 11:01:36 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (We need a troop surge in New Orleans and Philly!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


9 posted on 05/28/2007 11:01:41 AM PDT by KoRn (Just Say NO ....To Liberal Republicans - FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT!)
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To: mary_misfit

Quick thinking, to wait until it’s mouth was full before he grabbed at it - his kitty might not have been as appreciative of the technique though.


10 posted on 05/28/2007 11:01:45 AM PDT by 4woodenboats (If Amnesty is the Question, Filibuster is the answer. Build Fence Now Talk Later)
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To: null and void

How in the world did he get them on?


11 posted on 05/28/2007 11:02:12 AM PDT by The Coopster
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To: AnAmericanMother

cat is ok in the sarticle...minor injuries.
All got tested.


12 posted on 05/28/2007 11:02:45 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (We need a troop surge in New Orleans and Philly!)
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To: CMS

Holy crap!

I think that I’d be cleaning out mydrawers for some time thereafter......


13 posted on 05/28/2007 11:02:47 AM PDT by roaddog727 (BS does not get bridges built)
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To: mikrofon
Unusual, since leopards are usually spotted quite readily...

I thought they were born that way.

14 posted on 05/28/2007 11:03:19 AM PDT by liege
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To: mary_misfit

The picture shows a smaller animal than I was expecting. Still that is a very impressive feat! I have seen nature programs where a Leopard carried a deer sized kill up a tree.
No way a man could overpower a cat of that size.


15 posted on 05/28/2007 11:04:06 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: null and void

When did they start making pajamas that size? Ba-dum-bump


16 posted on 05/28/2007 11:04:16 AM PDT by skr (Car bombs and IEDs are the exclamation marks for the latest Democrats' talking points.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Click on the link - not only did the pet survive with slight scratches, the Leopard was unhurt, and there’s a pic of the guy holding it by the scruff of it’s neck!


17 posted on 05/28/2007 11:04:18 AM PDT by 4woodenboats (If Amnesty is the Question, Filibuster is the answer. Build Fence Now Talk Later)
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To: null and void
I once shot an elephant in my pajamas...

How it got in my pajamas, I'll never know.


18 posted on 05/28/2007 11:04:25 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: mary_misfit

The picture shows a smaller animal than I was expecting. Still that is a very impressive feat! I have seen nature programs where a Leopard carried a deer sized kill up a tree.
No way a man could overpower a cat of that size.


19 posted on 05/28/2007 11:05:33 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: mary_misfit

The man, and the leopard, in question.

20 posted on 05/28/2007 11:06:16 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: mary_misfit

The leopard was not worried about leaving finger/paw prints?


21 posted on 05/28/2007 11:06:33 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Do not do to others that which would anger you if others did it to you - Socrates)
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To: mary_misfit

Arthur Damush has grit. The only person I know of who would subdue a leopard with his bare hands it Tarzan.


22 posted on 05/28/2007 11:06:35 AM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: AnAmericanMother
"A transmitter was fixed to the leopard in order to provide information on its whereabouts at all times. The cat was lightly wounded and Damush, who was slightly scratched, was also taken for testing."

It would appear that the leopard was released to terrorize again.

A wild predatory animal that shows no fear of humans should be put down. (That cat's skin would be hanging on my wall.)

23 posted on 05/28/2007 11:06:36 AM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: null and void

What was he doing in your pajamas?


24 posted on 05/28/2007 11:07:26 AM PDT by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: mary_misfit
Well, I’ve had a tiger in the bedroom before, but a leopard is new . . . .
25 posted on 05/28/2007 11:09:12 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

I had no idea leopards lived in Israel. Wow.


26 posted on 05/28/2007 11:09:18 AM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: BuffaloJack

Bare hands and sans pants so the photo appears.


27 posted on 05/28/2007 11:10:17 AM PDT by bvw
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To: null and void
How did an elephant get into your pajama’s.?....there must be quit a story there......giggle
28 posted on 05/28/2007 11:12:03 AM PDT by Kimmers (Coram Deo)
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To: null and void

What was an elephant doing in your pajamas?


29 posted on 05/28/2007 11:12:23 AM PDT by UnklGene
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To: mary_misfit

Uh, bobcats here in the U.S. love housecats, I lost my beloved Mags to one about 6 months ago.


30 posted on 05/28/2007 11:13:23 AM PDT by eastforker (.308 SOCOM 16, hottest brand going.2350 FPS muzzle..M.. velocity)
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To: mary_misfit

She had no trouble catching anything with her bare hands.

31 posted on 05/28/2007 11:16:58 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (A living insult to islam since 1959.)
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To: 2111USMC
A wild predatory animal that shows no fear of humans should be put down.

Well, he has been given a demonstration that he can be caught.

32 posted on 05/28/2007 11:19:17 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: mary_misfit; Petronski; MotleyGirl70; trisham; cripplecreek; True Republican Patriot
"The homeowner who was sleeping with his wife woke up and yelled: 'Leopard!'



Huh, and all along I thought it was...

"Palomino!
Palomino!"


33 posted on 05/28/2007 11:20:05 AM PDT by jdm
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To: The Coopster
How in the world did he get them on?

Same as I did, one leg at a time.

34 posted on 05/28/2007 11:23:35 AM PDT by null and void (Carter calling Bush worst president in U.S. history is like Michael Moore calling Ann Coulter fat...)
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To: skr
When did they start making pajamas that size? Ba-dum-bump

Since I quit my diet. Stop rubbing it in...

35 posted on 05/28/2007 11:24:35 AM PDT by null and void (Carter calling Bush worst president in U.S. history is like Michael Moore calling Ann Coulter fat...)
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To: Kimmers
How did an elephant get into your pajama’s.?....
It was in Alabama....where the Tuscaloosa.
36 posted on 05/28/2007 11:25:10 AM PDT by Bratch (“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”)
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To: andy58-in-nh
Thank God somebody got the reference!
37 posted on 05/28/2007 11:25:19 AM PDT by null and void (Carter calling Bush worst president in U.S. history is like Michael Moore calling Ann Coulter fat...)
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To: mary_misfit
"The homeowner who was sleeping with his wife woke up and yelled: 'Leopard!'

I think I'd be yelling something else, something not suited for a family website.

38 posted on 05/28/2007 11:25:47 AM PDT by radiohead (They call me DOCTOR radiohead.)
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To: toddlintown
What was he doing in your pajamas?

It looked like the Macarena

39 posted on 05/28/2007 11:26:43 AM PDT by null and void (Carter calling Bush worst president in U.S. history is like Michael Moore calling Ann Coulter fat...)
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To: mary_misfit

Who knew leopards like to eat cats?

Catabalism?


40 posted on 05/28/2007 11:27:18 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Kimmers
How did an elephant get into your pajama’s.?....there must be quit a story there......giggle

*shrug* Wimin are always trying to get into my pajamas...

41 posted on 05/28/2007 11:27:47 AM PDT by null and void (Carter calling Bush worst president in U.S. history is like Michael Moore calling Ann Coulter fat...)
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To: mary_misfit

That’s all it takes to get on FR?????????? Sheesh, I have a dozen stories like this. Who do I submit them to?


42 posted on 05/28/2007 11:28:07 AM PDT by MattinNJ (Duncan Hunter or Fred Thompson-I can't decide...but I'd vote for Rudy against Hillary)
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To: Bratch

YOW!


43 posted on 05/28/2007 11:28:42 AM PDT by null and void (Carter calling Bush worst president in U.S. history is like Michael Moore calling Ann Coulter fat...)
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To: mikrofon

***Shapira added that this was the first time he had ever encountered a leopard entering a home***

I once had to tame a tiger in tight fittin’ jeans!:-)

Several times!


44 posted on 05/28/2007 11:33:08 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: KoRn; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...
The pic with the article shows the Mr. Damush holding the leopard by the scruff of the neck, paralyzing it. Smart guy.

The cat, BTW, was OK.


45 posted on 05/28/2007 11:34:17 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I AM A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!!!" --http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
"The picture shows a smaller animal than I was expecting."

I know what you mean. I don't think this story would have ended the same if it were a full grown adult cat.
"White Hunters" by Brian Herne has some vivid accounts of leopards getting the best of some hunters.
I wonder if the guy had any idea of how big that cat was before he decided to grab it.

46 posted on 05/28/2007 11:35:12 AM PDT by dogbrain (memo to self: Don't drink from toilet; it's where liberals wash their hands....)
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To: Blue Highway

ping


47 posted on 05/28/2007 11:36:18 AM PDT by perfect stranger
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To: CMS

LOL!!!


48 posted on 05/28/2007 11:39:43 AM PDT by agent_delta
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To: dogbrain

It attacked his cat, he probably acted instinctively.


49 posted on 05/28/2007 11:44:04 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: tet68
Who knew leopards like to eat cats?

I have an acquaintance who raises leopards and has done TV/etc. commercials with them. They have pretty much zero respect for the housecats and will kill them almost for sport.

50 posted on 05/28/2007 11:44:15 AM PDT by Felis_irritable (Dirty_Felis_Irritable...)
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