In the United States, this generally refers to cattle or other livestock, however in India, stranded animals are a little more exotic. Over the last decade, 1,500 animals – leopards, jackals, civets, jungle cats, wolves, and hyenas — have .ᴘ.ᴇʀɪsʜᴇᴅ after falling into and being trapped in wells, according to the Hindustan Times.
Fortunately, a gorgeous leopard discovered in a well in India’s Assam area did not meet the same fate. Authorities were rushed to the well quickly after the jungle cat was discovered, and they did everything possible to ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ the animal securely. As you may expect, dealing with a wild animal and a fᴀᴛᴀʟ predator is more difficult than ʀᴇsᴄᴜɪɴɢ a tamed cow or goat.
Locals discovered the frightened female leopard locked in a dry well, where she was likely imprisoned for hours until animal specialists arrived.
The event took place close outside the city of Guwahati, Assam, in northwestern India, near the borders of Bangladesh and Bhutan. The leopard is said to have wandered into a populated area in search of food. She was obviously upset when she fell into the well.
Officials attempting to save the leopard were made more difficult by the leopard’s emotional state. As a result, all hands were on deck, including a veterinarian, forest officials, and even some residents. Before anyone could climb down the well and safely remove the predator, she was shot with a ᴛʀᴀɴǫᴜɪʟɪᴢᴇʀ.
Dr. Bijoy Gogoi climbed down the 30-foot well with a ladder and some rope in hand. He was determined to assist in getting the leopard out. He made a harness for the animal, wrapped it around her, and then she was dragged out by those above ground.
The leopard looked unʜᴀʀᴍed by the fall. She was then taken to the Assam State Zoo, where she would be examined before being released back into the wild. Since people began encroaching on the leopard’s forest habitat in the region, there has been an increase in leopard-human interactions.