A GERMAN couple on their dream holiday in Africa survived a horrific tug of war with a crazed leopard which attacked them as they slept in their campervan.
The big cat jumped through the open window of the van before trying to drag Hardy Specker, 61, out by his head using its razor sharp teeth and claws.
This photo shows the extent of Hardy Specker’s horrific injuries after he was mauled by a leopard in Africa[/caption]
Hardy’s life partner, Petra Windmeisser, 60, grabbed his legs and tried to wrench him to safety during the bloody attack in Kuiseb Canyon, Namibia.
Only when Hardy poked the deadly predator in the eye did it finally let go.
The brutal attack, which went on for several minutes, left him covered in blood with his scalp ripped to pieces.
Terrified Petra told The Namibian: “The struggle went on for some minutes until Hardy eventually managed to stick his fingers into the leopard’s eye, which caused it to let go. Then I managed to pull him back inside.
Hardy’s blood on the side of his campervan marks the spot where the bloody attack happened[/caption]
Evidence of the bloody attack. The leopard jumped into this window and tried to drag Hardy out by his head[/caption]
“There was blood everywhere and he was bleeding profusely. I tried to stop the bleeding and at the same time made a phone call from our satellite phone to the emergency services to come save us. There was no reception and he was losing a lot of blood.”
But the couple’s horrific ordeal was not yet over.
The leopard continued prowling around the van for a further six hours until a passing tourist lodge worker rescued them and took them to hospital.
Hardy’s scalp, shoulders and arms had been shredded by the leopard’s claws and had a deep wound to his neck.
The attack happened while the couple were on a dream holiday to the Kuiseb Canyon in Namibia, pictured[/caption]
Hardy was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery for his wounds[/caption]
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They were taken to the Welwitschia Private Hospital who had been alerted by the rescuer to be ready for seriously-injured Hardy, who underwent emergency surgery for his horrendous injuries.
Last night the hospital said that Hardy was in a critical but stable condition.
The attack happened on the edge of the Namib Desert about 50 miles from Walvis Bay and two weeks into the couple’s dream African adventure.
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