Leopard cub rescued from well in Shirur; reunited with mother

The rescue team lowered a wooden ladder for temporary support. Later they set the rescue operation in motion and lowered a trap cage to successfully pull out the leopard from the well. 

pune Updated: Jul 17, 2018 17:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The cub was rescued by forest department, Wildlife SOS.(HT PHOTO)

A ten-month-old female leopard cub escaped a narrow brush with death after falling into a 40-foot deep open well in Alegaon phata village located in Shirur on Monday . The cub, rescued by Wildlife SOS and the forest department, was later reunited with her mother.

Villagers alerted the forest department after finding the cub in a well, filled with waist deep water, near sugarcane field in Alegaon phata. Range forest officer Tushar Dhamdhere in turn called the Wildlife SOS team at the Manikdoh leopard rescue center in Junnar for assistance.

The rescue team lowered a wooden ladder for temporary support. Later they set the rescue operation in motion and lowered a trap cage to successfully pull out the leopard from the well.

A routine veterinary check-up carried out by Wildlife SOS veterinarian Dr Ajay Deskmukh confirmed that the leopard was old enough to be released back into the wild. The villagers reported that the mother leopard was also spotted in the vicinity so the cub was later taken back to the same field so they could find each other.

“The cub must have wandered into the field out of curiosity and had the misfortune of falling into the uncovered well. We receive rescue calls about animals trapped inside wells, very often. The wells in most villages remain exposed due to lack of proper net covers. We are glad to see that people are becoming more sensitised towards wild species that share their surrounding habitats,” said Deshmukh.

Kartick Satyanarayan, CEO and co-founder Wildlife SOS said, “Such cases have been increasing in the recent years and the main reason behind this appears to be the lack of proper covers and fencing around wells. The issue cannot be taken lightly. It is not just leopards, but also several other wild animals fall in accidentally, with potentially fatal results.”

First Published: Jul 17, 2018 17:11 IST