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Drowning leopard rescued by NGO in Maharashtra

Leopard fell in to 60-feet deep well and it took more than three hours to rescue the animal

Mugdha Singh
Publish Date: Aug 3 2016 3:37PM | Updated Date: Aug 3 2016 3:37PM

Drowning leopard rescued by NGO in Maharashtra

A three year old female leopard was rescued from a 60 feet deep well in Pimpalgaon Siddhanath village in Junnar, Maharashtra. Three hour long rescue operation was carried out by the Wildlife SOS team from Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center and the Forest Department, in order to save its life. 

Residents of Pimpalgaon Siddhanath village were startled by the loud and panicking roars, echoing from deep within the well. The person who lives near that well was shocked to find a leopard trapped inside the well and immediately contacted the Forest department.
Forest department later placed the call to Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre, run by Wildlife SOS NGO. A three member team led by veterinarian Dr Ajay Deshmukh along with forest department officials rushed to the location and safely extricated the scared animal from the well.
Dr Ajay Deshmukh said, “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 and onto a safe space before lowering a trapping cage in and successfully lifting it out of the well.”
The leopard is a three year old female and after conducting a through physical examination we concluded that it was healthy. The leopard was later released back into its natural habitat.
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder of Wildlife SOS said, “The aim was to quickly extricate the poor animal. We are extremely grateful to the forest department for their cooperation and for helping manage the crowd.”