Leopard rescued from dry well in Tumakuru

The leopard in the dry well near G. Hosahalli in Gubbi taluk of Tumakuru district on Sunday.

The leopard in the dry well near G. Hosahalli in Gubbi taluk of Tumakuru district on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

A three-year-old leopard that had fallen into a dry well at a private farm near G. Hosahalli, in Gubbi taluk of Tumakuru district, was rescued on Sunday.

Officials suspected that the leopard fell into the 30 ft. deep dry well while chasing prey on the land that belonged to Shivanna, a farmer.

When they discovered the leopard, villagers alerted the Forest Department, who soon arrived at the spot. A Rapid Response Team from Hassan was also brought in for the rescue operation.

As the word spread, hundreds of people from villages in the area arrived to see the leopard. Forest Department personnel had a tough time controlling the crowd as many people started taking photographs and videos. Officials finally dispersed the crowd as they were worried that the ruckus would further agitate the leopard.

The rapid response team and department personnel tranquillised the leopard and extricated it from the well around 5 p.m. “The leopard is healthy and was not injured. He will be released into the forest,” officials said.

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