Boy, 10, suffers agonising death after being torn apart by wild jaguar in Amazon
A 10-year-old boy was torn apart by a wild jaguar in one of the most savage attacks in living memory deep in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon.
The horrific attack was reportedly so savage that the boy's face was ripped off by the big cat's claws and teeth.
Police searching for the remains of Dierlissom Oliveira Paiva reportedly found items of clothing and traces of blood on the ground before they found his disfigured body in the bush.
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The schoolboy disappeared on Wednesday afternoon (27th July) after going out to fish in a pond in a forested area near Brasil Novo.
After he failed to return home, his dad and neighbours went out to look for him.
The body was sent for a post-mortem examination in nearby Altamira to determine the cause of death.
The suspicion is that he was brutally savaged by a jaguar as sightings are common around the pond.
In a statement, the Civil Police said: "According to witnesses, close to the body there were large animal paw prints and signs of a possible jaguar attack."
There were also reportedly signs the body had been dragged.
According to some reports, following the boy's death, locals went out and hunted the big cat responsible in revenge.
The animal – an extremely rare black jaguar – was allegedly found with a deep cut in to its neck.
Other reports, however, stated that no animal had been found nearby.
The child and his family had reportedly been living in the rural community for just six months.
The boy's aunt, who chose to remain anonymous, told local media: "He was very close to us, a very happy boy."
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