Leopard in a tough spot! Moment big cat is rescued from a well after Indian farmer spots it struggling to keep its head above water
- A drowning leopard was rescued from a well in Beslar village, Maharasra, India
- The big cat was spotted by a farmer struggling to stay afloat in the village’s well
- The cat was rescued from the well and taken to a wildlife centre for treatment
The intense moment a drowning leopard was rescued from a well has been caught on camera.
The seven-year-old male leopard had fallen into an open well in Beslar village, Maharashtra, Western India.
A local farmer spotted the big cat paddling frantically to stay afloat and stop itself from drowning.
A leopard fell into an open well in Beslar village, Maharashtra, Western India before it was spotted by a local farmer
The farmer called for help from the Forest Department of India and Wildlife SOS to rescue the leopard from almost-certain death
The crew were able to drop a cage into the well and entice the leopard on board
He immediately alerted the Forest Department India, and Wildlife SOS – a non-profit charity rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife in distress across India, was also called in.
Footage shows the leopard clinging to a pole first before a cage is lowered. The moment the cage is opened the exhausted big cat quickly jumps onto it.
The leopard was taken to the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre for medical attention after the rescue last week.
Nikhil Bangar, wildlife veterinary officer from Wildlife SOS, said: ‘The animal was exhausted from the ordeal, and will be kept under observation till he is deemed fit for release.’
Such incidents have become quite widespread in the region. Earlier in the week another leopard was rescued from a 35-foot-deep well in the same region.
Ajit Shinde, a Range Forest Officer, said: ‘This is becoming a common occurrence across Junnar as leopards often try to catch prey in open wells while on foraging trips.
‘We have advised the villagers to take precautionary measures by covering up open wells.’
The non-profit has demanded to fence areas around open wells or cover them to avoid such incidents and save lives of the animals.
The leopard is lifted out of the well using a special cage by a group of wildlife experts
The leopard, pictured, was taken to a wildlife reserve where it was medically assessed and given the opportunity to recover from its ordeal