Villagers and Wildlife SOS team rescue leopard from a 60 foot deep well, find out how!

May 10, 2017 9:54 pm Last Updated: May 10, 2017 9:54 pm

A leopard that fell in a 60-feet deep well in Maharashtra was rescued after a three-hour long operation.

In a three-hour long daring rescue operation carried out by the Wildlife SOS team from Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center and the Forest Department, a three year old female leopard was rescued from a 60 feet deep well in Pimpalgaon Siddhanath village in Junnar, Maharashtra.

After conducting a thorough physical examination, the leopard was released back into its natural habitat.

At 9:00 am, Sunday morning, a resident of Pimpalgaon Siddhanath village located in Junnar division of Maharashtra was startled by the loud and panicking roars, echoing from deep within the well, close to his house.

He was shocked to find a leopard trapped inside the nearly 60 feet deep well and immediately contacted the Forest department, who in turn placed an emergency call to the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre, run by Wildlife SOS in the area.

Rescue workers and villagers saving the three-year-old female leopard.

A three member rescue team led by Wildlife SOS veterinarian Dr Ajay Deshmukh along with six forest department officials rushed to the spot and rescued the animal with the help of the villagers. The animal successfully rescued from an extremely dangerous, near-death situation.

“The leopard was in a state of panic and had to be rescued immediately. The team first lowered a platform into the well to give the leopard a chance to clamber out of the water onto a safe space before lowering a trapping cage. After conducting a thorough physical examination we concluded that it was healthy and fit for release,” said Deshmukh, a senior veterinarian at the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre said.

“It was a critical situation and we are extremely grateful to the forest department for their cooperation and for helping manage the crowd that had gathered to catch a glimpse of the trapped animal. Leopards are often spotted in this area, as there are several sugarcane fields that provide a safe cover to these animals. They go astray as they are struggling to find a foothold in the vanishing forests due to unwarranted invasion of their natural habitat,” said Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder of Wildlife SOS said.

“Due to lack of proper net covers; a large number of wells in rural Maharashtra villages remain exposed thereby increasing the risk of wild animals falling in them. The forest department works closely with Wildlife SOS in carrying out rescue operations such as this one,” said Ramesh Kharmale Forester, Junnar division said.

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