9 Jun 2009, 0343 hrs IST, TNN
NAGPUR: The forest officials of Nagpur division rescued a three-month-old leopard cub from a deep farm well in Kolari village in Bhiwapur taluka, 55-60 kms from Nagpur. The cub has been brought to the Maharajbagh Zoo for treatment.
According to N Rambabu, conservator of forests (CF), Nagpur division, the leopard cub fell in a 25-30 feet deep farm well of Natthuji Vairagade in Somnala beat. "The incident must have occurred in the wee hours of Monday but was noticed late in the afternoon. At 3 pm, our staff including ACF Sunil Ohol rushed to the spot to rescue the cub," Rambabu said.
Ohol, who launched the rescue operation with staffers, said the well did not have a fence. As there was less water in it, the leopard could be saved from drowning. "We rescued the wild cat with the help of a net and brought it to the city zoo for treatment. Although there are no injuries on its body, it is in a state of shock, perhaps after being separated from the mother," Ohol said.
Rambabu said hunt to trace the mother has been launched and efforts will be made to reunite the cub with mother. The cub will be kept under observation for 24 hours.
The incident have once again proved presence of rich wildlife in regular forests. This will be the ninth leopard in Maharajbagh. The zoo already has eight leopards three on display and five out of display. Last year, Anamika', a female leopard cub, had landed up in the zoo after it was injured by Dongargaon villagers in Bhandara.
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