Leopard kills woman on TV shoot

2011-03-16 22:52
Berlin - A leopard not previously thought to be dangerous has killed a member of a German television crew making an episode of a popular series in Namibia just outside Windhoek.

A spokesperson for the production company ndF said on Wednesday: "The animal was thought to be completely docile.

"Some members of the team even stroked him before."

The 46-year-old woman, who has not been named, was part of a team preparing an episode of Um Himmels Willen (For Heaven's Sake), a light-hearted and long-running series set in and around a Bavarian nunnery.

"He unexpectedly went for her throat," Ulf Tubbesing, a Namibian-German television vet who owned the farm where the tragedy took place, told the Bild daily.

"I immediately ordered my farm manager to shoot the animal."


  • Keith - 2011-03-16 23:17

    Wild animals people, wild animals ... this is not your neighbours cat! May the victim RIP but the owner should be shot too

      sumac - 2011-03-17 06:32

      There is no such thing as a "domesticated" wild animal. They're called "wild" animals for a reason. I agree, the owner is the one who should be shot.

      pop101 - 2011-03-17 09:07

      Even cats. Rub his tummy with a purrrring effect, then he suddenly jumps up, grabs your leg and do the kick bite thing. All animals are unpredictable, no matter how cute or docile they are. We may have expert on their behavior, but not even they can predict what they are going to do next.

      Danielle Beder - 2011-03-17 14:11

      Agree with this comment. These are indeed wild animals and should be treated as such. To be shot for something that is only natural instinct. Poor thing. I feel sorry for the filmmakers and what happened to them. RIP crew and cat.

      Roamer - 2011-03-17 15:42

      Audiences are being bombarded with numerous tv "documentaries" showing how people mess around with potentially dangerous wild animals. This includes the so-called animal "whisperers" which give a totally wrong message - more and more people are starting think it fine to touch, stroke, cuddle and generally mess around with wild animals.

      Picasso - 2011-03-18 07:34

      On the other hand, the people are from Europe, what do they know of leopards, the farm owner should get the blame. Anybody that lived on a farm knows wild animals are not something to play with.

      Sandy - 2011-03-18 07:40

      It is a well known fact that Leopards can never be tamed totally whereby a Cheetah does become as "tame" as a house cat when you raise it from birth. It is a sad situation that the poor animal had to be put down for following his natural instinct, but what do you do with a man-killer once it happens. a Dog gets put down once it attacks a human, is it not? Ultimately it is humanity's fault that this happen. We think we can control everything.

  • Cussy - 2011-03-16 23:30

    Why shoot the poor animal??? Big cats are still wild animals. No matter how much you think you've "domesticated" them, they will always be wild and unpredictable and should be treated with caution. My condolances to her family - it's a tragedy what happened but I don't think the leopard should've paid with his life.

      Godesha - 2011-03-17 06:28

      I couldn't agree more. It is time people realise that wild animals are not pets.

      mlh@24.com - 2011-03-17 09:03

      Agreed - WHY shoot the leopard!?! Of course its tragic that she was attacked but its the instinct of a wild animal to do just that. Its one of the reasons I abhor circus' - animals meant to be in the wild 'tamed' by man! Its AWFUL! I feel the same way about zoos. Its heartbreaking to see animals caged for mankind's 'entertainment'. But, the way wild animals are being slaughtered [poached] by man means a zoo may be the ONLY place our children's children will see a REAL lion, rhino, elephant.....

      Boetjan - 2011-03-17 10:45

      unfortunately once the leopard has killed a person, it needs to be killed. It is far more likely to kill again.. It doesn't know any better, it's in it's nature. The same thing happens in the kruger quite often. People jump the border from Mozam and Zim and get killed by lions, the rangers have to find and kill the lions (the whole pride if needed). The truth is they shouldnt have been filming with a leopard. Leopards are very unpredictable and VERY dangerous.

      henk - 2011-03-17 12:18

      Wish Boetjan's story was't true but we live close to the krugerpark and can confirm this. The parks is keeping this quiet for obvious reasons but it is a well known fact in the area. A bit like a true version of "Ghost in the darkness"

      fishycraig - 2011-03-17 13:27

      Yeah Catvals88 - it is true. Unfortunately they have to. As sad as it is. The pride learns that humans are actually tasty and rather catchable. Then a wilderness trail group walks through the area and then what happens? The same with leopards that kill people in the Kruger. Make good guardcats though...

      DeonL - 2011-03-17 16:17

      I agree with Boetjan, for the same reason dogs are put down when attacking people too often, they get used to killing people, sad but true.

      Leethebee - 2011-03-17 16:32

      Couldn't agree more. The animal is a predator and it was reacting according to its instincts. I am sorry for the woman that died. I find it odd though, if it was a gunman acting out of hate and malice, they would have 20 years with a good chance of parole. The animal doing what comes natural gets death?????

      Chris B - 2011-03-18 19:31

      They NEED to get put down? According to whom,...selfish, idiotic, destructive humans? WE are in the wrong here, but the animals are paying the price!! WE are overpopulating this planet, but when an animal steps out of line with our self generated 'policies' THEY pay the ultimate price?! Humans have become the most destructive parasites in the history of this planet, and we will ultimately progress to destroy all of it!

  • snackpaz - 2011-03-17 00:01

    ya, why the f*** would you shoot the animal? are you kidding?? did the leopard come to shoot a drama series in your house? no! GTFO

      Africanstar - 2011-03-17 03:52

      Rob - the animal is not at fault here. It is a wild animal. The people are at fault and it is high time that governments (both Namibian and South African) take action against these petting zoos with wild animals.

      Susannomore - 2011-03-17 07:20

      @Rob. Think about why it is (was) now a man-killer. We brought it into an unnatural environment. We should be treating the cause, not the symptoms. Unfortunatly, until people realise this, the killing will continue. And there are options for these "killers". There are enclosures they can be placed in.

      najanivea - 2011-03-17 13:49

      well said bru. Once again it's the animal that suffers for man's greed

  • matthewj1268 - 2011-03-17 00:40

    Why should the animal be shot? Leave our wildlife alone. Give them the space and dignity they deserve.

      Rob - 2011-03-17 00:58

      Are you brain dead?

      Africanstar - 2011-03-17 03:53

      Rob - I think you are the brain dead one here.

      Catvals88 - 2011-03-17 07:10

      Rob - no need to be so insulting. People are entitled to say what they think without being insulted. Clearly you have your opinion and thank you, we have read it. Now other people can have their chance to share their emotions. No need to hurt others. Thanks

      Viv - 2011-03-17 07:35

      Oh Rob, Rob, Rob - you just make yourself look even more stupid with your idiotic comments. Why would you think you know what you are talking about when in actual fact you know less than $hit. Go back to you desk job buddy. No-one cares about your uneduated and small man syndrome comments

      pop101 - 2011-03-17 09:13

      Matthew, I think you know why they now have to shoot the Leopard, but in case not - the animal now have lost it's fear of humans and may do this again. It's wrong, but thats just how it is. It's sad that the animal must suffer for following his instincts. People must stop trying and make wild animals behave like humans want them too.

      System Reset - 2011-03-17 09:34

      @Rob, is this how you normally go around speaking to people you encounter? Thought not. Then why the f**** do you do it on the internet?

      henk - 2011-03-17 09:42

      @catvals. So it is ok for everyone else to insult Rob and go of at his opinion but he is not allowed to do the same??

      henk - 2011-03-17 10:19

      No, I dont even know Rob, but i find it Quite amazing how people throw stones at someone but cant handle it coming back to them. As for feeling "attacked"; sorry, not my intention,but if the shoe fits......

      bytjies - 2011-03-18 13:18


  • Morrigan - 2011-03-17 06:14

    @ Rob go be an internet troll somewhere else.

      henk - 2011-03-17 09:49

      He is just standing his grounds, if you cant handle it get of the site!

  • AdolfX - 2011-03-17 06:29

    I've never seen or heard of a tame "docile" leopard. And then they shoot the poor animal because it is ...who's fault?

  • Niks - 2011-03-17 06:36

    Shame to shoot the leopard. Its a wild animal. What did those people think that its a pet. Shame on the owner for shooting the leopard.

  • Jan - 2011-03-17 07:12

    "not previously thought to be dangerous" LMFAO!! RIP leopard :(

  • Susannomore - 2011-03-17 07:17

    No animal is completely docile! I feel sorry for the leopard. I feel no pity for the owner/trainer or the film crew. Now the poor thing has been shot for being itself. Go figure...

  • almacho - 2011-03-17 07:23

    This article was posted under "entertainment"? a bit "sic" I think..

  • Joy - 2011-03-17 07:28

    so, the animal killed a woman - so bloody what? IT IS A WILD ANIMAL which you guys are exploiting and trying to tame and domesticate .... stop this crap !! Leave them in the wild where they belong, and stop trying to control them.

  • Paul - 2011-03-17 07:32

    YOU SHOULD BE SHOT you idiot, the Leopard is a wild animal. Any semi educated person knows that.

  • Neil Buckley - 2011-03-17 07:34

    Why shoot the animal, you stupid german morons! Let me come into your house uninvited and if you attack i will shoot you numb nuts

  • 1eye - 2011-03-17 07:56

    Well certainly some heat here and the usual gathering of morons. A tragic event, should never have happened, but it did. My Uncles had a "tame" tom leopard and he had free roam of the house, over time the animal become unpredictable particulary with woman and kids, he ended up in JNB Zoo. I think the leopard would have preferred a bullet Amen

      Snoopy88 - 2011-03-17 11:04

      Actually its nice to hear from people who actually know something like 1eye here. I'd never take a chance and touch a cat of that size - especially a leopard. It's a killing machine. Last time I went to play with 'cubs' I backed out of the enclosure pretty fast when I saw one playing with its tail.. they were large enough to do major damage! I know what my cat's claws can do when he's playing rough... I'd rather play with a tame cheetah but even with them you can never let your guard down.

      Catvals88 - 2011-03-17 11:13

      Hi Snoopy. 1Eyw is not knowledgeable about the topic. he is reflecting on an experience someone else had with their animal. Tamed cheetah, tamed leopard - what is the difference?? A bit conflicting I think, but that might be me only.

      bytjies - 2011-03-18 13:22

      CATVALS88- there is a BIG difference between a leopard and a cheetah. They have totally different behaviour patterns. Google it, my friend.

      Catvals88 - 2011-03-18 19:25

      I have to come out of retirement for this. Bytjies, I think you need to go smell the blommetjies. Both a cheetah and a leopard are wild animals and there can be no guarantee that either of them will not attack a human. Not very kind of you to attack other peoples intellect if you do not understand what they are saying. Bad form.

  • Neo - 2011-03-17 07:59

    Nice photo of a Cheetah though. Well done, Media 24 FTW!

      thargoz - 2011-03-17 08:33

      Hey brightspark............Cheetah's have tear lines, or have you nothing better to comment on................

      pop101 - 2011-03-17 09:18

      Fail - that's no cheetah - shape of head (smaller) and tear stripes under eyes missing.

      Knight - 2011-03-17 09:32

      Shame Neo, made your name mud there - next time though. Perhaps the wildlife expert Rob also thinks it's a Cheetah?

      Moegaapie - 2011-03-17 16:15

      haha - dumbass!

      Beam me up - 2011-03-17 22:35

      Maybe you should delete your comment to save face?

      bytjies - 2011-03-18 13:24

      that is a FAIL!!! it is a leopard not a cheetah................ lmao

  • Louisf1 - 2011-03-17 08:16

    Why shoot the Leopard!! Stupid fart! The Leopard is doing what it's natural instincts dictates. It's the stupid people that think they are dealing with little house cat! It's a wild animal, treat it with deserving respect, for crying out loud !

  • podgy - 2011-03-17 08:19

    The poor animal has to die for your stupidity, Tubbesing

  • dennyt - 2011-03-17 08:19

    People kill each other every day,nobody says nothing about it,nobody ever kills the murder

      Christo - 2011-03-17 08:43

      Not anymore :( They get a warm bed, meals and entertainment and the option to get educated (but why would they?). On topic though, condolences to the family, but I don't think the leopard should have been shot. Human mistakes yet the animal has to pay for it...

      Snoopy88 - 2011-03-17 10:46

      yeah well us humans are also animals but we have this little thing called 'reason'. And we are suppose to learn from our mistakes - although that is open to debate too!

  • Butterfly Baby - 2011-03-17 08:25

    Fucken humans! You keep a wild animal on a show, force it to do things and the expect the animal to just obey and become tame? She deserves what she got! That poor leopard had to be shot because of some asshole, he shoudl be shot! More and more people are killing animals that are only doing what their instincts tell them to do, soon our planet will have no animals and we can only thank the human race for that!

  • Singo - 2011-03-17 08:39

    Yes,it is wrong to have a wild cat as a domestic animal, however,the man who odered the shoot may have been thinking about the safety of other people who were around,or may have been trying to stop it from attacking the woman further."I immediately ordered my farm manager to shoot the animal" which may assume the time "He unexpectedly went for her throat". Lets not blame the man.

  • Witch Twin - 2011-03-17 08:42

    So they shoot the animal for obeying its instinct. They should have shot the owner!

  • Miss Boss Lady-T - 2011-03-17 08:46

    aaaaah the poor poor poooor animal, it was just being itself... may they both rest in peace... how sad

  • Wow! - 2011-03-17 08:55

    A woman dies and a Leopard dies. Now that is tragic BUT it is the way things panned out. I do not like the attempted domestication of our wildlife, particularly the preditors. Eventually, the human slips up and the consequences are NOT good for either party. However, I fully accept that for these animals to survive in the longer term they have to have commercial value AND these "tamed" animals do an inordinate amount to convince people of their worth. They pay the price of the rest of he species.

  • Zeth - 2011-03-17 09:03

    No wild animal of this size and nature should ever be considered to be domesticated!!! The leopard is not at fault and therefore should by no means be put down. It sickens me how people beleive they own the planet and all creatures on it!!! The so called owner should be jailed for murder and the cat put into a wildlife rehabilitation center with the hopes of one day returning back to its intended habitat!!!!

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  • siren703 - 2011-03-17 09:20

    "completely docile"....they are called wild for a reason!!! people are so ignorant it frustrates the hell out of me. FFS leave the freaking animals where they belong - in the wild - and people wont get hurt. disgusting that this magnificent creature had to die once again for just doing what it instinctive!!!!!!!!

  • Stefanus - 2011-03-17 09:21

    Ulf Tubbesing you should be put down too.

  • To The Point - 2011-03-17 09:27

    WHY SHOOT THE ANIMAL YOU IDIOT - shoot yourself and those who keep invading the privacy and freedom of wild animals. Humans hah - hah, they think they have the right to own - cage - tame and control everything. It is all for money and not love of nature. There should be a law against domesticating, caging and exploiting animals in this human circus

  • myburghjennifer - 2011-03-17 09:28

    "I immediately ordered my farm manager to shoot the animal." The vet thinks is some sort of hero for ordering the animal to be shot immediately. Well your not. Somehow I think you have balls for brains, you should have known better...

  • coolwaynie - 2011-03-17 09:29

    A wild animal CANNOT be domesticated therefore the allegation that is was docile is false. If you play with fire you will get burned.

  • System Reset - 2011-03-17 09:37

    "not previously thought to be dangerous" ... my dog can be dangerous under certain circumstances. People who work with wild animals are at risk of becoming too comfortable around them. If my dog is inherently unpredictable, so much more so for a leopard - one of natures best hunters.

  • Ederik - 2011-03-17 09:59

    "I immediately ordered my farm manager to shoot the animal." Now why must 'humans' that kill or rape other humans be kept alive in luxury and I have to pay for that???????????????????

  • S9S - 2011-03-17 10:00

    You people seriously need help!!!! Its a WILD animal!!!!! You work with them, you suppose to know what that is, idiots!!! You all should be dead now!!

      henk - 2011-03-17 10:25

      Sorry Cat, wasnt me. i was working.

  • ebdg3000 - 2011-03-17 10:02

    But did zis people not know dat a leopard can never change his spots?

  • lenand40 - 2011-03-17 10:11

    Expecting a leopard not to bite is really idiotic. Why shoot the poor animal, when everyone around them is an idiot?

      Snoopy88 - 2011-03-17 11:19

      Yeah the animals always suffer for our stupidity. Why can't we just respect them and enjoy them in their natural habitat from a safe distance? Then again we don't know the circumstances as to why this one was hand reared. Reminds me of that story a few years ago when a group of tourists got out of their car to pose for photographs in front of a pride of lions...

  • Justin - 2011-03-17 10:24

    Why shoot the animal? Thats ridiculous. This is a wild animal simply behaving in a natural instinctive manner. They should charge the farmer or whomever shot it with cruelty to animals - if it was a human who knowingly killed the women, who then got shot, it would be a vigilante murder, and the perpetrator would get a life sentence for first degree murder. But because it's a 'protected' wild animal, the idiot will get off scot free.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-03-17 10:43

      Because this animal will now do it again and it is the law.

      Catvals88 - 2011-03-17 11:17

      Snoopy88 - what law are you referring to? Enlighten us please. And why would the animal do it again - he is aleady dead. The more I read your comments the more your conflicting it becomes. What is your view?

      bytjies - 2011-03-18 13:26

      catvals88 - clearly you are illiterate.

      Catvals88 - 2011-03-19 07:34

      bytjies ( i so love this stingy name - it goes with your comments)Can you tell us about this law then? From me the illiterate one with two degrees.

  • Bond - 2011-03-17 10:40

    Its her own f***ing stupidity!!! Dont shoot the wild animal! Thats all he knows! shoot the f***ing people!

  • Snoopy88 - 2011-03-17 10:41

    Animals are unpredicatable and we humans show them far too little respect. You can never lower your guard. Same thing applies to dogs and small children. Fluffy who nevery bit a soul in his life may take a sudden dislike to little Tommy - with tragic consequences. Most of the time its a reaction out of fear. I've seen big bad guard dogs.. skulk away terrified of little toddlers. An adult can't move fast enough to stop a dog attacking a child, what chance do you have against a fully grown leopard?

      Snoopy88 - 2011-03-17 11:12

      And PS I don't buy this oh but it was a tame leopard. If you can't tame a dog, you sure as hell can't tame a wild animal. Sadly because its 'tamed' it can't be released and it can't work with people again. So the only option is to destroy it.

  • Joan - 2011-03-17 10:49

    Why shoot the leopard for doing what comes naturally to his species? He was exploited by people and killed for being himself.

      Totman - 2011-03-17 11:13

      The animal will kill some-one again. It's like tasting human blood and not being scared for humans anymore. Humans suddenly becomes part of his pray list. Agree, it is not fair, but there are no other options.

  • Teri Pietersen - 2011-03-17 10:59

    My heart goes out to the poor woman.But why shoot the poor animal? All it was doing was being a leopard! It sickens me, because people think they can tame the beast but the moment the beast becomes itself, they shoot it! SICK!!!!!!!!

  • WhoGivesAshi - 2011-03-17 11:00

    This is bullsh!t, why kill the animal?? How can you see a wild animal as docile? Kill the owner.

  • cristiana.stewart - 2011-03-17 11:11

    Another wild animal pays the price for human stupidity.

  • Sage - 2011-03-17 11:15

    A wild predator will never "unexpectedly" go for someones throat! It must always be assumed that a wild animal like a leopard will attack. That way there is never any doubt. Now, due to the stupidity of people an animal that was acting naturally lost its life. There was no need to shoot the leopard, rather shoot a couple of those people, remove them from the gene pool, stupidity is clearly infectious and there is no cure for it!

  • henk - 2011-03-17 11:34

    Just a thought; What if it was your MOTHER, SISTER or DAUGHTER killed by the leopard? Would you want the leopard shot or spared?

      Catvals88 - 2011-03-17 11:42

      i see you are back. i missed you. are you now running a voting pole. i like it. a man with initiatve. difficult question - i think i would like to kill the person who exposed my mother, sister of daughter to the animal. Yes,that would be my thinking. Or maybe have them killed, since killing is not my thing. Are you sure you are not Rob or Siener in disguise?

      henk - 2011-03-17 11:55

      Hi Cat, you miss nothing, do you? ;-) Jip, it is a difficult one. It is a good 15 years later, but i can still remember the devestation in the family of the guy that got killed by the wildebees. It puts it in another perspective. And no, i am not Rob, or Siener. Just myself,...Henk. P.S. Sorry about the bad spelling, having a bad spelling day.

      henk - 2011-03-17 12:03

      have them killed,....HMMM I like. No mess, no fuss!! Please send me your local hitmens number so i can sort some problems i have been having out. THanks Cat.

      Catvals88 - 2011-03-17 12:14

      by the looks of it you can ask anyone on this page, except Rob or Siener2. Rob seems to be sitting on the fench at the moment - like a bird on a wire. Maybe you can have your hitperson practice on Rob, who is sitting in the air.

      hey-mr-wat-u - 2011-03-17 12:18

      pfffft that is not difficult at all, i wouldnt demand they melt down a bus if my sister got hit by one, lame little boy

      henk - 2011-03-17 12:34

      @Cat, but i like Rob.... @hey mr what u: You only got one out of three right, mate. I am NOT LAME as i am running around on two good legs and my arms are also ok. I am NOT SMALL, I am 1,66m tall and weigh 85kg's. I am however a MALE (older version of a boy) None the less, i like your explanation about your sister and the bus. Also, please note that i asked a question,(oposed to making a statement) so no need to feel so frikken offended that you think that you need to get insulting.

      Paco7 - 2011-03-17 12:48

      i will make my wife a nice leopard skin handbag

      Catvals88 - 2011-03-17 12:52

      you dont even know Rob. I think I will leave you all to it. Celeste has now hurt my feelings and changed my gender.

      henk - 2011-03-17 13:00

      I know but i still like him. Sorry to hear of your hurt feelings and that you have to go, i was having fun. Tace care.

      hey-mr-wat-u - 2011-03-17 15:38

      you are right, it is not worth getting offensive about, i apologise. you have good manners sir, and that is worth some respect from me.

  • Paco7 - 2011-03-17 11:36

    why are germans stroking leaopards,these are lean ,mean killing machines

      bytjies - 2011-03-18 13:29

      I sit and wonder the same thing. Where they informed of how dangerous it is?

      Catvals88 - 2011-03-19 10:23

      @bytjie; for someone screaming in capital letters to others and insulting their intellect, deciding who knows what they are talking about and who not, this is not the level of intelligent question I would have expected from you. r

  • Vivienne - 2011-03-17 11:38

    Why should the animal be shot???? As a vet he should know it is wild and unpredictable

  • KaB - 2011-03-17 11:39

    Of course they shot the animal...they're absolutely idiots and think killing the animal is sorting out the problem! It's the owner's fault...he should be prosecuted and refused the right to own animals...fair and square!!! Human beings are far too big for their boots!

  • joe777xxx@24.com - 2011-03-17 11:41

    Is that picture not that of a cheetah??

      pop101 - 2011-03-17 22:30

      Nope, see NEO's post above.

      bytjies - 2011-03-18 13:29

      ha ha ha ha ha another fail

  • Craig - 2011-03-17 11:42

    Because of the krauts stupidity to animal gets killed, what utter nonsense, don't play with wild animals.

  • shadowfox - 2011-03-17 11:56

    Ummm ... it's a leopard. Leopards are NEVER completely tame and docile. People have been killed by leopards they've known and raised. They should've shot themselves for their ignorance - the animal was only acting according to its nature.