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Here’s how officials rescued golden jackal from 44-foot-deep well near Mumbai

Officials from the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre (MLRC) in Junnar, said villagers informed the forest department about the trapped animal after they heard its cries

mumbai Updated: Aug 14, 2017 17:55 IST
Badri Chatterjee
Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
golden jackal,veterinarian,Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre
A golden jackal, which fell into an uncovered 44-foot-deep well in Junnar, near Pune, around 4.30pm on Sunday, was pulled out two hours later.(HT)

A golden jackal, which fell into an uncovered 44-foot-deep well in Junnar, near Pune, around 4.30pm on Sunday, was pulled out two hours later.

Officials from the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre (MLRC) in Junnar, said villagers informed the forest department about the trapped animal after they heard its cries.

“We lowered a box into the well and slowly coaxed the jackal to enter it. We had to be careful while pulling the animal up as it could have jumped out easily,” said Dr Ajay Deshmukh, senior veterinarian, MLRC. “The villagers were supportive. They remained silent so the jackal would not be alarmed,” he added.

The jackal pulled up safely. (HT)

Forest officers said they used a crate and a ladder to rescue the animal, which was submerged in two foot deep water. “In recent years, due to loss of forest cover and depletion of prey base, wildlife animals such as this jackal have been forced to venture into human habitation in search of food and water. This, in turn, has resulted in increasing incidents of man-animal conflicts in this region,” said forest officer Sanjay Gaikwad.

He said the animal, a one-and-half-year-old male, was released at the spot after a medical examination. “The jackal had not suffered any injuries and was fit for release,” said Deshmukh.

The rescue operation in progress.

Jackals are protected under schedule II of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and are found in thick forests and mangroves. There are more than 100 in the forests around Junnar, said MLRC officials. In May, an injured sub-adult male golden jackal was rescued from the staff quarters of Godrej at Vikhroli (East) in Mumbai after it was separated from its pack.

Open wells in areas around forests are hazard for wild animals.

Data from animal rescue group Wildlife SOS shows that about 1,500 animals including leopards, jackals, civets, jungle cats, wolves and hyenas died after falling into uncovered wells in Maharashtra over the past 11 years.

In the past five years, the group rescued 15 leopards and two jackals from wells. Wildlife SOS has started an online petition asking the Pune district collector to take cover or fence off the wells.

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 12:08 IST