Leopard kills woman on German TV shoot in Namibia

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A leopard not previously thought to be dangerous has killed a member of a German television crew making an episode in Namibia of a popular series, production company ndF said Wednesday.

"The animal was thought to be completely docile. Some members of the team even stroked him before," a spokeswoman for ndF told AFP after Friday's deadly incident outside the former German colony's capital Windhoek.

The 46-year-old victim, who has not been named, was part of a team preparing an episode of "Um Himmels Willen" ("For Heaven's Sake"), a light-hearted and long-running series set in and around a Bavarian nunnery.

"He completely unexpectedly went for her throat," Ulf Tubbesing, a Namibian-German television vet who owned the farm where the tragedy took place, told the Bild daily.

"I immediately ordered my farm manager to shoot the animal."

The woman died of her wounds at the scene.

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