A leopard fell into a well at Jhab village of Ghoghamba taluka in the Panchmahal district of Gujarat on Monday night. Forest officials brought the big cat out after efforts that stretched the whole day on Tuesday.
The incident came to light in the morning when villagers heard noises from the well and informed Mangalsinh Rathwa, who owns the farm where the well is located. The well was dry and hence the leopard did not drown and was uninjured despite the steep fall.
Local police and forest officials were informed about the leopard and a rescue operation was launched. Forest officials from Vadodara also rushed to the site to oversee the operations. A team of veterinary doctors and experts to cage the leopard also remained present.
The leopard was brought out using a rope tightened around it's tail. The animal was rushed to Dhobikuva rescue centre at Pavagadn where captured leopards are kept by the forest department.
Officials said the leopard may have strayed near the village in search of a prey. In the darkness, it may not have spotted the well and fell into it. The animal is around two-years-old and healthy.