Thursday, December 31, 2009

Leopard rescued after falling into well in Junagadh

Leopard rescued after falling into well in Junagadh

A leopard, which had fallen into a well in Keshod taluka of Junagadh district, has been rescued following efforts of the Gujarat forest department, forest officials said today.

The incident occured yesterday in Hajab village where a leopard had fallen into a deep well, they said.

Keshod Range Forest Officer (RFO) BV Parsala said that rescue operations had begun as soon as they got information from the villagers.

"We had tried for hours to get the leopard out of the well. But since the animal was scared it was not possible to trap him using ropes. Also it had moved in a small cavity inside the well," Parsala said.

"We could not use tranquilizers as there was water in the well. We feared that the animal could drown if it fell into the water after administering tranquilizers," he added.

Parsala said that yesterday after sunset the rescue operation was halted.

"In night we kept a ladder inside the well. The leopard climbed the ladder in the night and returned to the forest," he added.

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