May 31, 2007
A captured leopard receives a medical checkup on Monday at the Beit Dagan Veterinary Hospital, near Tel Aviv.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A nature guide wrestled and pinned a leopard that had leaped through a window of his bedroom.
Arthur Du Mosch, 49, a resident of the Ben-Gurion Field School in the Negev, woke up Monday morning to find the leopard chasing after his pet cat in his bedroom.
Du Mosch, wearing only underwear and a T-shirt, pounced on the leopard, holding it in a headlock before park rangers arrived to take it away. Du Mosch's cat was in the bed with him at the time, along with his young daughter, who had been frightened by a mosquito in her own room.
"This kind of thing doesn't happen every day," said Du Mosch, who was lightly scratched in the incident.
Raviv Shapira, who heads the southern district of the Israel Nature and Parks Protection Authority, said that a half-dozen leopards had been spotted near Du Mosch's small community in the Negev desert in southern Israel, "but we have never heard of a leopard coming into a private home."