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Leopard kills monk in India as he meditated under a tree: reports

A leopard growls from inside a cage at a wildlife park in Jammu, India, Thursday, April 18, 2013. AP Photo/Channi Anand

Indian officials are warning people not to venture into a forest that serves as a tiger reserve after a monk was killed while meditating beneath a tree there, reports said.

Rahul Walke, a 35-year-old Buddhist monk attached to a temple in the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, had walked some distance away from the facility so that he could meditate, BBC News reported.

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The incident unfolded on Tuesday around 9:30 a.m., according to the Press Trust of India (PTI).

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He had been meditating at the spot for as long as a month and fellow monks had been bringing him food there.

Monks had been warned about wild animals in the forest.

A female leopard moves inside a snow covered enclosure at Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary, outskirts of Srinagar, India, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. AP Photo/Dar Yasin

Walke’s body was recovered from the very spot where the attack took place.

One monk from Walke’s temple told BBC News that the leopard was seen attacking him as others prepared to bring him food.

The monk said he left to look for help but Walke was dead when people came back for him.

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The Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is the oldest national park in India’s Maharashtra state.

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The reserve is home to species including mammals such as Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, sloth bears and striped hyenas, as well as reptiles such as the Indian python, the India cobra and Russel’s viper.

Officials have blocked off the area where the attack happened and will only allow people to the temple during certain hours, according to PTI.

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