Last Thursday morning I went to the office of our new VP of Operations, a pleasant fellow fresh over from the States. We were scheduled to discuss issues like organizational delineations, responsibilities, service-level-agreements: you know, all that global company corporate stuff. He looks up at me and says: "So, it seems that at 5 o'clock this morning one of our female construction workers in Vizag got attacked by a panther and she may not make it."
I said: "Welcome to India."
Vishakapatnam is a city on the Bay of Bengal and we are building our new Indian corporate campus there. As you may be able to guess, the site is on the outskirts of town rather than in the center. After two or three different versions, we finally got the information that the worker was a twenty-year old woman that was attacked because she inadvertently got close to a "family" of leopards (three adults and two cubs). She is getting medical attention and seems to be out of danger. She was in a group of workers, and they drove the animal away by throwing rocks.
A frick'n leopard.