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A safari guide has survived a leopard attack while at work showing wild animals to tourists in South Africa.
The incident happened on Thursday at the famous Kruger National Park in the northeastern part of the country, officials said.
The safari guide was driving an open safari vehicle when his group spotted the animal that initially appeared to be hiding behind a bush. They stopped to get a better view, but suddenly the cat disappeared and no one was able to spot it anymore, according to witness accounts.
Then, out of nowhere, the animal sprang a surprise attack, pouncing on the guide?s arm, park authorities said in a statement to reporters shortly after the incident.
The leopard then tried to jump into the car, resisting efforts by the passengers to get rid of it.
At the time of the attack, one of the tourists on the vehicle rammed the large wild cat with the door of the car to try and force it to release the guide?s arm.
The leopard suffered further injuries when the guide accidentally reversed onto it as he sped away after being released from its grip, said the park spokesman, William Mabasa.
During the incident, another ?leopard was spotted in the area watching from a distance,? Mabasa added.
The guide sustained deep cuts and bites to the arm, but his injuries were not life-threatening.
The leopard was later put down by park authorities.
This was not the first such incident witnessed in famous tourist attractions in South Africa.
Last month, an American tourist died after she was mauled by a lion in a park right outside the city of Johannesburg.
The wild cat attacked its victim by leaping through an open car window.