Leopard rescued from well in wayanad

Wayanad: The forest department personnel and natives rescued a leopard which fell into a well of a house here on Friday after more than 10-hour-long rescue mission. The officials tranquilised the animal before rescuing it from the well.

The leopard was found in a well of a house at Puthiyidam in this high range district on Friday and efforts are on to rescue the animal, wildlife officials here said.

Jose, the house owner, said he and other family members looked into the well this morning as water was not getting pumped out despite repeated running of the motor.

"We were shocked to see a leopard in our well. It seems that the animal has damaged the water pumps...that's why we did not get water," he said.

Though there was a covering net above the well, the animal somehow accidentally fell into it, a senior wildlife official said.

An expert team from Tamil Nadu reached Wayanad for rescuing the leopard.

The experts, attached to the local forest office, recently moved to Idukki as part of a mission to trap a strayed tiger there, said a senior forest official here.

The leopard looked healthy as of now and efforts are on to pump out the water from the well, the officer added.

(with inputs from PTI )

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