In a 4 hour operation, Wildlife SOS and the Forest Department rescued a young female leopard that had fallen into a 50-feet -deep open well, located in the Otur village in Pune, Maharashtra.

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The open wells of Maharashtra have continued to pose great danger for all wildlife, but specifically leopards. This is not a one-time occurrence either. Believe it or not, this is the third time this month that a leopard has been rescued from one of these wells. In order to bring this leopard to safety, the Otur RangeForest Division worked with Wildlife SOS, operating out of the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center for help.

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The leopard was stranded in the small confines of the well, and seemed to be distressed by the large crowd that had formed. Once the rescuers evaluated the situation, they went ahead and lowered a cage down into the well to safely lift the scared leopard to safety, at a nearby forest nursery.

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Kartick Satyanarayan, CEO & Co-founder Wildlife SOS said, “Once an animal falls into these wells they can suffer an inhuman fate, dying from starvation, drowning or injuries. We can no longer ignore the danger that open wells pose to wildlife, specifically leopards that are a species protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. ”

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