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Wild leopard rescued from 50-foot well in India

A leopard was rescued from a 50-foot well on an Indian farm and transported to a forest reserve. Photo by AdventureTravelTrip/Pixabay.com
A leopard was rescued from a 50-foot well on an Indian farm and transported to a forest reserve. Photo by AdventureTravelTrip/Pixabay.com

April 2 (UPI) -- A leopard that fell into a 50-foot-deep well in India was rescued by Forest Department personnel in an hours-long operation.

The Forest Department said personnel stationed at the Bhavani Sagar Forest Range in Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve received word about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday that a leopard had fallen into farmer K. Shanmugam's well in Pudukuiyanur village, near Bannari.

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The officials responded to the scene with K. Ashokan, wildlife veterinary surgeon at Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve.

The rescuers tranquilized the leopard with a dart and used a net to lift it out of the deep hole.

The leopard was transported to the Bhavani Sagar Forest Range and released back into the wild.

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