Watch Villagers Save Drowning Leopard in Dramatic Rescue
A daring effort by a whole community saves a big cat from a well in India.
After a big team effort, animal rescue experts and villagers saved a leopard from drowning in a large open well in India.
The rescue took place Sunday in Pimpalgaon Siddhanath village, in the Junnar division of Maharashtra, in west-central India (the state is best known for the city Mumbai). That morning, a resident heard the distressed cries of an animal bellowing from the bottom of a 60-foot (18-meters) well.
The farmer contacted officials at the country's forest department, who in turn reached out to the nearby Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre, which is run by the nonprofit animal advocacy organization Wildlife SOS. The center oversees the care of 31 leopards that have been rescued from similar encounters.
After getting the call,