Israeli toddler stable after mauled by leopard in Thailand
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Israeli toddler stable after mauled by leopard in Thailand

2-year-old boy operated on at local hospital after sustaining serious wounds to the face during family trip to island of Ko Samui

Illustrative: An Indochinese leopard (Panthera pardus delacouri) at Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Vietnam. (Wikipedia/Tomáš Najer - BioLib/CC BY-SA)
Illustrative: An Indochinese leopard (Panthera pardus delacouri) at Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Vietnam. (Wikipedia/Tomáš Najer - BioLib/CC BY-SA)

An Israeli toddler was in “stable” condition after being mauled in the face by a leopard on the Thai island of Ko Samui on Thursday.

The attack took place during a visit by the boy’s vacationing family to a local animal park, after the leopard briefly escaped its handler.

Witnesses said the handlers kicked the leopard in the head to pull it off the 2-year-old, who was rushed to a local hospital with what Hebrew media reports called “serious” wounds to his face.

His head was bandaged by doctors, a CT scan was taken of the wounded area, and he was rushed into surgery.

Doctors said the boy’s condition was now stable and his life was not in danger.

Illustrative: A view of Bang Po beach on Ko Samui island, Thailand. (Wikipedia/Maksim Sundukov/CC BY-SA)

His grandfather, who witnessed the attack, fainted at the scene.

Israel’s consul in Bangkok, Etty Mizrachi, was in close touch with the family, the Foreign Ministry said.

The toddler is expected to be flown to Israel in the coming days, according to a travel insurance company working with the family.

An earlier version of this article misidentified the animal involved in the incident.

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