In a bizarre incident, a leopard caught a calf and hung it from a tree at a rubber plantation near Athirappilly in Kerala on Saturday.

The leopard, who wandered into the plantation, caught the two-year-old calf, which belonged to Chandran Puthenpurayil, and climbed up the 12­-feet tree to devour it.

However, locals came running after hearing the cry of the calf, and the leopard fled the spot leaving the calf hanging from the tree. Forest guards and a veterinary doctor reached the spot soon after, and the calf was treated for injures.

Leopard attacks happen often in the area, and two calves were killed in recent months.