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    In India, a leopard that's thought to be the dreaded 'Man-eater of Pujari' has been captured alive and taken to the Lucknow Zoo.

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    GV EXT: Lucknow Zoo.

    LV & CU: Zoo officials looking at cage in which the leopard was brought to the zoo. (2 SHOTS)

    CU OF: Plaster of Paris cats of pug marks of captured man-eating leopard.

    SV & CU: Leopard in cage in zoo hospital growling. (3 SHOTS)

    Different shots of the leopard in the cage, CVs of the face, pawns etc.

    Same as above, plus shots of the pug marks on plaster off Paris...to compare with the pug marks originally traced in the jungles of Pujari.

    Shot of the hospital building inside the zoo, where the man-eating leopard is kept.

    Shot of the cage in which it was brought.

    Different shots of the Lucknow zoo.

    Shot of the Hazrat Ganj street.

    Initials JS/1730

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    Background: In India, a leopard that's thought to be the dreaded 'Man-eater of Pujari' has been captured alive and taken to the Lucknow Zoo. In the past 13 months the leopard's allegedly taken the lives of 14 people and been responsible for a further 10 maulings.

    SYNOPSIS: At the Lucknow Zoo, officials believe they have captured the fearsome creature which unleashed a reign of terror over the lives of the 15,000 villagers who inhabit the 80 square kilometre area where it roamed. They have been comparing pug marks on plaster of Paris casts of the captured animal with marks traced in the jungle of Pujari.

    The captured leopard has been found guilty. Apart from the pug marks, there are other tell-tale signs that show this is the wanted man-eater. Its massive size, nearly nine feet over the curves, and age 12 years correspond with the man-eater's identity. Apart from human killings and 10 maulings the leopard has killed 32 cows, five buffalos and 60 goats. Teams of hunters have been on the killer's trail for months and in the process have shot three other leopards mistaking them for the man-eater. But what worries zoo officials now is the leopard's refusal to eat. Since it was trapped the leopard has not touched food. It could be the new environment or maybe the man-eater can't settle down to a new diet.

    At the time of the filming the leopard had still not eaten anything for four days since its capture. The capture of the alleged man eating leopard is by itself a good work, but in the process other shikaris have killed a number of innocent leopards.

    (For details pls. see enclosed clippings).

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