Nagaon (Assam), Oct 21 (PTI) Forest officials sent to rescue a leopard cub in central Assam’s Nagaon district shot the animal dead after it attacked them on Sunday, an official said. Also Read - Moving Gesture: Assam Police Surprises Elderly Man With a Cake on His Birthday | Watch Video

A team of forest department officials from Salona Forest Range went to Nonoi Tea Estate after getting information about the presence of a leopard cub. Also Read - Assam court summons MoS Rajen Gohain in rape case

They were to rescue the animal and release it in the nearby jungle, said Salim Ahmed, the Range officer of Salona Forest Range. Also Read - Two persons killed in road accident in Assam

However, the two-year-old cub attacked one of the team members and he had fired to save himself.

The animal died on the spot, Ahmed said.

After post-mortem examination and other departmental formalities, the carcass was cremated as per rule, he added.

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