When a local resident in the Indian village of Junnar, Maharashtra heard the loud roars of a seemingly panicked animal, he immediately went to go investigate. There are certain sounds you don’t expect to hear at 9 am on a Sunday morning, no matter where you live. He was shocked to find a leopard trapped inside of a 60-foot well near his home and quickly called Wildlife SOS at the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center.
As Wildlife SOS explained, leopards are struggling to survive due to habitat loss and are often spotted in this area looking for safe cover within the vast fields of sugarcane. Since these animals are not used to the terrain, they can get themselves in sticky situations such as this one and can become severely injured and trapped. Thankfully for this three-year-old leopard, the Forest Department was able to keep curious passersby at bay, and allow Wildlife SOS to do what they do best: rescue!
The three-member team lowered a platform into the well for the leopard to climb on. After three hours, the leopard was successfully lifted, physically examined, and then released back into the wild. What a truly amazing effort by all parties!
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