WATCH: Leopard Rescued From 50-feet Deep Well After Three Hours in Maharashtra


The male big cat was rescued from the well in Alkuti village after a three-hour operation on Monday morning involving members of Wildlife SOS, officials of the state forest department, and villagers.(Representative Image, Credits: Facebook)

The male big cat was rescued from the well in Alkuti village after a three-hour operation on Monday morning.

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  • Last Updated:February 26, 2022, 10:28 IST
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A leopard struggling to stay afloat in a 50-feet deep well has been rescued in the nick of time thanks to a swift operation involving volunteers and Forest officials in Parner tehsil of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra. The male big cat was rescued from the well in Alkuti village after a three-hour operation on Monday morning involving members of Wildlife SOS, officials of the state forest department, and villagers. A farmer had spotted the leopard paddling helplessly to stay afloat in the well in Alkuti village on Monday morning. He immediately alerted the forest department. A team of Wildlife SOS, an NGO working for the protection of wildlife, operating out of the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center was also called in for reinforcements, a Wildlife SOS release said.

With the help of villagers, a team of Forest officers lowered a metal crate into the well so that the leopard could clamber onto it for temporary support, it said.

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โ€œA trap cage was lowered into the well to safely extricate the leopard which leapt into the trap cage and was carefully pulled up. The leopard was taken into a nearby forest,” the release stated.

The official said, โ€œThe leopard was approximately 7 years old. The entire exercise had to be quickly executed with painstaking care. We are grateful to the forest department and villagers for making this rescue a success.”

Pratap Jagtap, Range Forest Officer (Parner), on Tuesday said that leopards adapt to surviving around human-dominated landscapes, bringing them into close contact with humans leading to such situations.

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โ€œWe are glad the animal was unhurt and was able to return to its natural habitat,” he said.

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