Team Of People Help Rescue Leopard Trapped Down 30ft Well In India

Team Of People Help Rescue Leopard Trapped Down 30ft Well In India

Team Of People Help Rescue Leopard Trapped Down 30ft Well In India

Leopards are what some people might call “a creature of great beauty and mystery”. Wildlife experts might say something more along the lines of “they’re a complex, intelligent and deadly predator”.

No matter how you perceive them, there’s no reason they should die at the hands of something created by mankind, right?

So, when a local farmer spotted the magnificent beast trapped in a 30ft deep well whilst going to turn on the pump in the morning, he knew had to do something and fast.

(Image Credit: Wildlife SOS)

The well is in Otur, a village in Junnar located in the west-central Indian state of Maharastra and doesn’t normally contain giant cats (just for the record).

So, you can probably imagine the shock this particular farmer got when he looked down to see two eyes staring straight back at him.

(Image Credit: Wildlife SOS)

Leopards are notoriously good climbers, using trees to store and hide conquered prey all the time in the wild. They’re also extremely adaptable and are known to live in a number of different climates and environments. But, the well was so deep with such steep sides that there was no way this spotted feline was escaping on its own.

Scared of the risk that the cat would not survive very long in the waist-deep water, the farmer got in touch with the forest department who then contacted the Wildlife SOS team. This animal non-governmental welfare team manage the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center in Junnar.

Not long afterwards, a whole team of people (including a number of volunteers) turned up to the village to try and attempt a dangerous rescue mission.

And, alongside a host of villagers, they set to work.

In the video, you can see that a ladder was first lowered into the well for the Leopard to climb onto, allowing the cat some sanctuary from the wet.

You can clearly see the animal is distressed as it hisses and growls at the commotion above it.

Eventually, a large cage is lowered by ropes for it to clamber into. The rest is simple, just lift the creature out…

(Image Credit: Wildlife SOS)

Well, ok, Leopards are muscular beings and can weigh anywhere up to 90kg depending on size and gender, so it took a fair few people to lift it out.

But, with grit and determination and an unerring determination save the cats life, they managed it.

(Image Credit: Wildlife SOS)

As reported on Story Trender, B.C. Yele, range forest officer, said:

“Otur village is a leopard-prone area, and these animals frequently visit the neighbourhood in search of easily available prey such as poultry and livestock. 

“This often leads to various conflict situations.”

The leopard was eventually whisked away to the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre to be kept under observation.

Dr. Ajay Deshmukh, senior veterinarian at the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre, confirmed that the creature would be released back into the wild after a few days, once it had got over the shock and exhaustion of the ordeal. 

These large wells continue to be a danger to Indian leopards, who remain a highly endangered species.

I hope something is done to prevent these beautiful cats from going extinct!

What do you make of it all Acidheads?

Watch the full clip below:

(Video Credit: Wildlife SOS)

 



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