Residents of a North Indian city are still on alert after a leopard on the loose terrified hospitals, schools and markets. Authorities in Meerut said they could not find the leopard and hoped it had left the city but marksmen were still hunting the beast.

Nature striking back against man and urban encroachment is nothing new as these pictures demonstrate:

A leopard jumps at people at a construction site in Meerut, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The leopard evaded capture and is still at large
A leopard jumps at people at a construction site in Meerut, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The leopard evaded capture and is still at largeReuters
A female white Bengal tiger drags a man by his shirt after he climbed into the enclosure at a zoo in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China
A female white Bengal tiger drags a man by his shirt after he climbed into the enclosure at a zoo in Chengdu, Sichuan province, ChinaReuters
An elephant destroys a minibus after throwing its rider and going on a rampage during Sri Lanka's sixth annual elephant polo tournament in Galle
An elephant destroys a minibus after throwing its rider and going on a rampage during Sri Lanka's sixth annual elephant polo tournament in GalleReuters
Spanish banderilla Pedro Muriel is gored in the inner thigh during a bullfight in Malaga
Spanish banderilla Pedro Muriel is gored in the inner thigh during a bullfight in MalagaReuters
A lioness gnaws the body of a man in their enclosure at Kiev zoo, Ukraine. The victim, who crept into the enclosure shouting that God would keep him safe, was mauled to death by a lioness
A lioness gnaws the body of a man in their enclosure at Kiev zoo, Ukraine. The victim, who crept into the enclosure shouting that God would keep him safe, was mauled to death by a lionessReuters
An Asiatic black bear mauls villager Makhan Khan, who was with a group of hunters near the village of Gasoo on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir. Khan survived but suffered multiple injuries
An Asiatic black bear mauls villager Makhan Khan, who was with a group of hunters near the village of Gasoo on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir. Khan survived but suffered multiple injuriesReuters
A crocodile at a zoo in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, holds the forearm of a veterinarian between its teeth
A crocodile at a zoo in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, holds the forearm of a veterinarian between its teethReuters
A bull gores a runner during the sixth bull run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona. The man survived but was seriously injured
A bull gores a runner during the sixth bull run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona. The man survived but was seriously injuredReuters
Spectators try to escape after a bull leapt into the stands during a 'recortadores' competition in Tafalla, Spain. At least 40 spectators were injured after the bull jumped into the stands during the competition, in which young boys run before the bull trying to avoid being caught
Spectators try to escape after a bull leapt into the stands during a 'recortadores' competition in Tafalla, Spain. At least 40 spectators were injured after the bull jumped into the stands during the competition, in which young boys run before the bull trying to avoid being caughtReuters