COIMBATORE: A woman bravely fought off a leopard to save her 11-year-old daughter at Valparai in the district, police said Saturday.
Thirty-year-old Muthulakshmi, along with her daughter Sathya, were picking firewood in the backyard of their house last night, when the feline pounced on the girl and began dragging it away by her neck, they said.
Immediately, Muthulakshmi hit the leopard so hard with the firewood that the animal let go of the girl and fled into the jungle, the police said.
Sathya sustained injuries on the neck and was taken to the government hospital at Pollachi, they added.
On hearing this, forest department personnel decided to trap the leopard, which reportedly has been on the prowl in the area for over the past 10 days or more.
A fortnight ago, there were reports that a woman at Kanchamalai was a victim of a similar attack, sources said.