Monkeys Save Life Of Drowning Leopard Trapped In Deep Well

Caters_NewsPublished: June 19, 20182,904 views
Published: June 19, 2018

This is the moment a bunch of inquisitive monkeys helped save the life of a distressed leopard drowning in a 25 ft deep well in western India. The monkeys were spotted chattering and jumping incessantly on the edge of a well behind the Baleshwar Temple in Sikar in Rajasthan early last Monday. When the people, who had gathered for prayers, saw the upset monkeys they followed them and spotted the blinking eyes of a leopard almost camouflaged in the dark waters of the well. The locals who managed to capture the scene with their mobile phones showed the monkeys sitting on the edge of the well and looking at the leopard, which was completely camouflaged and stuck in the dark waters. An alarm was raised immediately and forest officials were informed who arrived with a ladder for its rescue.

The ladder was lowered into the well and after several attempts the leopard was finally able to grip it and climb onto it to come out of the well. No sooner the officials were informed about the incident, they sent a rescue team at the spot straight away. As soon as the leopard came out of the well it ran towards the jungle. It wasn’t interested in attacking anyone - nor humans neither animals, because it was probably too much in distress from the unpleasant event. So it just run away as quickly as it could, like it was delirious.

When the locals left the well to make the leopard feel comfortable, it jumped out of the well and swiftly darted off to the nearby jungle. When strong and quick-running animals like this leopard get trapped in the jungle or the forest, it is most probable that they were following a pray during the night because they are sharp, careful and fierce creatures and very rarely do they fall prays to traps, wells, humans or other animals. The rescue operation lasted for nearly an hour. The wild cat was only possible to be pulled out of the well with the help of a ladder. In the footage, a dog can also be seen running for its life after its sudden encounter with the wild cat. Hordes of villagers and devotees watched the dramatic moment unfolding from the terrace of a house and cheered as soon as it came out of the well.

In a similar incident another leopard was saved after it almost drowned at the bottom of a well 60 feet deep. The rescue team lowered a wooden log so the three-year-old female Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) could stay afloat before a box trap was slowly dropped down in a rescue operation that took over three hours. Exhausted by her efforts to save herself from drowning, the leopard voluntarily entered the trap, after which she was carefully taken out of the village well. There are only an estimated 12,000 to 14,000 Indian leopards left in the country and the species has been categorized as "Near Threatened" (NT) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They are struggling as much of their natural habitat is being rapidly deforested and because of this an increasing number of human-leopard encounters are taking place, sometimes with more tragic outcomes.

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