A leopard injured four people after charging into a crowd of people in India today.
The wild animal launched itself into the crowded area, causing panic as people tried desperately to flee.
Chilling footage emerged of the beast charging at lightning speed into the large crowd and injuring four people.
The animal was seen emerging from the undergrowth before the big cat raced towards the group and sank its teeth into an onlooker.
The shocking video begins with the leopard standing in a field before it launched itself towards the crowd.
The panic-stricken crowd flee the charging leopard as it speeds towards the group near Vaniyambadi village in India
Video footage captured the moment the wild animal launched itself towards the packed group of people
People fled but the leopard pounced on someone before panic set in for the cameraman as the video then showed the ground as he ran away.
The incident happened near Vaniyambadi village in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, India today.
Villagers spotted the leopard and called the forest department. As forest officials arrived to try to catch the animal, a large group of onlookers assembled.
Before the officials could tranquillise the leopard it charged at the onlookers, who ran in all directions to save themselves.
Four people were injured in the stampede before the beast could be tranquillised by forest officials
A police officer said four persons – Alamelu, Santhosh, Bharathi and Kamal – were injured in the incident.
An officer from Ambalur police station said: ‘Two have been discharged and two are still in hospital.’
It is not clear if the men were injured by the leopard or in the stampede.
A team of forest officials have camped in the area to trap the leopard using cages and ropes.