Searched for wild cat in well; found an otter instead!
Varkala: The forest officials searched for a wild cat in a well, but finally found an otter instead. They started searching in the water with a cage, as the natives informed them that a wild cat was trapped inside the well. During the rescue mission, a native youth was bitten by the otter.
Three animals resembling wild cats were spotted in the shrubs near the Raghunathapuram Subramania Swamy Temple. When the natives approached them, two of them ran away, while the third one fell into the well. The fire force arrived as informed by the people.
The well was fully damaged and nothing was visible under water. Later they contacted the forest department. The animal was spotted near the place where a leopard was said to have found recently. Also rumours were started spreading in social media that leopard was found in Varkala.
The rapid response team including Paruthippalli Deputy Range Forest Officer Devalysis and driver Nishad arrived at the spot by noon. The animal was identified to be an otter, only after they descended into the well with two natives. One of the men was bitten by the otter, while rescuing the animal. The otter, weighing 12 kg, was taken to the zoo in Thiruvananthapuram.