Dangerous Animals in Himalaya

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#46 Jul 20th, 2009, 00:38
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Hope that will not keep you away from Uttarkashi Jitu! The leopard that visits us definitely is not a man eater it likes cows and dogs - easier prey than man!
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Originally Posted by livinhimalayas View Post On the news today a whole pride of leopards (I hope that is what it is called - anyone what is the correct collective noun??) has turned man eaters. They number 4-5. They have been attacking people around Chinyalisaur. Injured a couple who were on the way to their fields in the morning with their bulls to plough the fields and killed the bulls. Then the next day one of the leopards entered a house in the village and attacked a woman, her husband hacked away at the beast with an axe in an attempt to save his wife. The wife survived (though severely injured) the leopard died. Now the forestwalas are hunting for the rest of the pack to either put them down or capture them and turn them into captives in a Zoo.
This is the first time that a whole pack has become man eaters. Pretty frightening!

I think leopard is a solitary animal. They cant have packs. It must be a mother with cubs or a pair. In both cases, any animal can be very aggressive if disturbed. So i guess in that farm incident, there may be no fault of leopards.

Just my thought.
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Originally Posted by livinhimalayas View Post Hope that will not keep you away from Uttarkashi Jitu! The leopard that visits us definitely is not a man eater it likes cows and dogs - easier prey than man!
Oh No! not at all. I am safe. Once I saw a leopard pointing at me and saying to another one ‘what a lousy thing to eat, I better be a vegetarian’.
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Originally Posted by Mike Cork View Post Can any one tell me what this animal is. I saw it and his friends on the way up to Khardung La a few days ago...?
It is a Himalayan Marmot.
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post I tried to find out about it a couple of years back but came to nought. Not even the scientist knew what it is. Moreover, it has spread fast in northeast India too, creating problems for locals. It seems some kind of marsupial or rat specie, and has definitely come from Tibet or China.
It is himalayan marmot. It is a common animal in higher slopes in himalayas. It is not a pest or some kind of invasive animal. Scientist do have a good knowledge about it because it even has a wikipedia page
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Originally Posted by wind_chariot View Post It is a Himalayan Marmot.
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Originally Posted by wind_chariot View Post It is himalayan marmot. It is a common animal in higher slopes in himalayas. It is not a pest or some kind of invasive animal. Scientist do have a good knowledge about it because it even has a wikipedia page
I did my search and talked to few scientists. I had no image at that time and definitely my explanation must be lacking in some respect, no fault of scientist.
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post I did my search and talked to few scientists. I had no image at that time and definitely my explanation must be lacking in some respect, no fault of scientist.
That's alright. I was not sarcastic. I was just correcting you
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Originally Posted by Old_Boots View Post Can someone please advise me.

When I do go to India I intend to visit Gangotri/Gaumukh/Badrinath/Hemkund.

Is it safe to sleep in the wilderness ?
I have heard about leopards & bears attacking people.
Is this just rumour & scaremongering, what are the real risks ?

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no idea
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Question Jitu?

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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post I did my search and talked to few scientists.
By the way, what were their specializations...?

I mean a Physicist won't know much about Animals in the higher reaches of the Himalayas
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Originally Posted by jayanraj View Post no idea
why "no idea"? Were the questions "more than 1"?

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Originally Posted by Old_Boots View Post When I do go to India I intend to visit ... what are the real risks ?
You didn't say when? Nose leeches are near the top of the disgusting nuisance risks, i would say. Animals also get them, old Pandit ji told me yesterday that some dogs had klled a Langur, and after a while 8 or so of the bloody things fell out of it's nose - comes from washing your face in streams but not fast streams and you can usually see them on the bed of the stream as they live underwater, unlike common or garden bloody leeches...
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Originally Posted by Paleface View Post You didn't say when? Nose leeches are near the top of the disgusting nuisance risks, i would say. Animals also get them, old Pandit ji told me yesterday that some dogs had klled a Langur, and after a while 8 or so of the bloody things fell out of it's nose - comes from washing your face in streams but not fast streams and you can usually see them on the bed of the stream as they live underwater, unlike common or garden bloody leeches...
ewwww THAT'S NASTY
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Nose leeches!

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