A male leopard fell into a 40-feet deep well at Junnar taluka in Pune district, Maharashtra. A non-profit conservation group Wildlife SOS along with the help of the Maharashtra forest department were successful in rescuing the leopard after a two-hour-long rescue operation.
Residents of the Vadgaon Kandali village heard the leopard’s distressed cry and immediately informed the forest department about this incident. After receiving the information, four team members from the rescue department were asked to reach the spot as soon as possible. The rescuers lowered a trap cage into the well for the leopard to jump in so that the leopard could be safely pulled out.
According to the rescuers present at the spot the leopard was struggling to stay afloat and when it saw the lowered trap the leopard realised that it was his only chance of survival, so it jumped into the cage trap. After the leopard was brought out of the well, it was transferred to the Wildlife SOS’s Leopard Rescue Centre for medical examination.
The officials estimated that the leopard is around five years old. The leopard will be kept under observation for a few weeks at the Rescue and Rehabilitation centre at Junnar.
While speaking to Hindustan Times, wildlife veterinary officer, Wildlife SOS, Dr Nikhil Bangar stated that the leopard was struggling to make its way out, he also sustained minor abrasions at the nail region. The leopard will be kept under observation until he recovers from this stressful situation.