VIDEO: Leopard filmed struggling to swim after falling into a well

VIDEO: Leopard filmed struggling to swim after falling into a well

10/26/2021

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 to stay afloat as he struggled to stop himself from drowning in the water.

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 for reinforcements.

A trap cage was then lowered into the well to safely rescue the leopard from an extremely dangerous, near-death situation.

Footage shows the moment the leopard clings to a pole first before a cage is lowered. The moment the cage is opened the big cat quickly jumps onto it.

The leopard was taken to the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre for medical attention.

Nikhil Bangar, wildlife veterinary officer, from Wildlife SOS said: ‘The animal was exhausted from the ordeal, and will be kept under observation for a few days till he is deemed fit for release.’

The incidents have become quite widespread in the region. Last week, a leopard was rescued from a 35-foot-deep well from 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

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