Saturday, March 28, 2009

India: Prowling leopard rescued from a well in Guwahati

From ANI

Guwahati, Mar 28: Residents of Sonaighuli in Guwahati heaved a sigh of relief after a leopard on prowl and which had fallen into an open well in their neighbourhood was rescued by the rangers of Forest Department on Saturday.

They spotted it when they came to draw water from the well in the early hours of morning and instantly, they informed the police who in turn summoned the forest rangers.

"We called the police and told them that the leopard has fallen in the well. Police informed the forest officials as well," said Ajot Patwari, a resident.he officials first tranquillised the leopard and then managed to bring it out from the well.

Fortunately, there was not much of water in the well.

Instances of wild animals like leopards and tigers straying into residential areas are not a new thing.

There have been many cases in the past when wildlife officials have caught the animals, which had strayed into human habitats.

Depleting forest cover and lack of natural habitat for the animals is one of the major reasons for the wild animals to stray into the residential areas.


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