A man has been left disfigured and blind in one eye after his face was savaged by a jaguar.
Farmhand Pedro Vaz Ferreira, aged 67, was attacked by the jaguar in the rural area of Jabotinema in the municipality of Portel on the island of Marajo in the Brazilian state of Para.
The attack, in which the elderly man and the animal even tussled for a few minutes, according to the news outlet No Amazonas E Assim, took place on Saturday, 6th November.
The incident occurred when the farmhand was out hunting with his two sons, 32-year-old Davi Ferreira and 25-year-old Josue Ferreira.
The victim reportedly suffered broken facial bones, lost the vision in one of his eyes, and lost a large quantity of blood in the attack.
The eldest son told the news outlet O Liberal: “The three of us were in the forest, but it just attacked him. The most serious wound is on his face. It broke the bones in his face, his nose, it blinded him. He lost his vision instantly. It pierced his eye with its nail.”
Shortly after the attack, one of the victim’s sons reportedly killed the jaguar with a machete.
The injured man’s relatives took him by speedboat to the Hospital Wilson da Mota Silveira in Portel. He remained there in a serious condition until Monday, 8th November, when he was transferred to a larger hospital in the city of Ananindeua, some 200 miles away as the crow flies.
According to the 2004 book ‘Cats in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book’ by John Seidensticker and Susan Lumpkin: “There are very few records of jaguars attacking people.”
It is currently unclear what the farmer was hunting.