Mancherial: A 55-year-old farmer sustained minor injuries when a sloth bear attacked him while he was gathering Tangedu or Tanner’s Cassia flowers on the outskirts of Shivapur village in Chennur mandal on Thursday.
Chennur Forest Range Officer Madhusudan said Akkem Mallaiah, a farmer of Shivapur village, suffered injuries to his right leg and hands when a new mother bear pounced on him while he and his friend Panchikapu Ramesh were collecting the flowers used in preparing Bathukamma. He was rescued by Ramesh, who thwarted the attack using a stick. They were moving on a motorbike at the time of the incident.
The farmer was initially shifted to a government hospital in Chennur town. He was then admitted to a hospital of Mancherial district for better treatment and his condition is said to be stable.
Madhusudan said the new mother may have attacked the farmer fearing harm to its cub. Compensation would be given to the victim and medical expenses would be borne by the Forest Department, he said.
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