Leopard Injures First-Grader at Kansas Zoo

Boy climbed protective railing to get closer to cage
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2011 2:04 PM CDT
A file photo of Amur leopards.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A first-grader suffered head and neck lacerations after venturing too close to a leopard's cage on a field trip to the zoo. His injuries aren't life-threatening, reports the Wichita Eagle. The boy climbed a railing meant to keep out the public and walked up to the cage to get a closer look. The leopard then reached a paw through the bars and attacked before two adults managed to free the child. The 77-pound animal won't be euthanized. "It was a leopard being a leopard," said an official with the Sedgwick County Zoo. (Read more leopards stories.)

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