In the footage, a convoy of vehicles is seen on a road while the predator is seen attempting to climb into the vehicle.
Video courtesy of Barcroft TV
Wife of managing director of Nhongo Safaris, Verity Cherry, said Plumb apparently tried to push the leopard out of the vehicle with his arm when it attacked him, Lowvelder reported.
“I’m sorry but we cannot comment any further, as we have been told by the South African Tourism Association (SATSA) and South African National Parks (SANParks) to wait for a report about the incident,” added Cherry.
KNP spokesperson Laura Mukhwevho said the animal was later put down by rangers. The animal was estimated to have been between 16 and 18 years old.
Plumb was reportedly attacked by the predator while trying to protect his guests. He was taken to Mediclinic, where he is in a stable condition after a surgery on his arm.
In a statement, SANParks said the guide, Curtis Plumb, 38, was with about eight tourists on his vehicle and watching the leopard about two metres from it on Thursday at about 1pm.
– Caxton News Service