A Leopard fell into a well in Nauwa Village about 70 kms from Udaipur district in Rajasthan. The villagers reported this matter to the forest department but There was no sign of the rescue team for long. After the team reached to the spot where the Leopard was fighting a lost battle, The people were relieved that the leopard would be saved. But no one would have imagined the fate of the poor leopard.
The Team of Forest Officials started their work. Rescuing an animal from the well needed some experts, who could lay a plan to save the animal. But there seemed to be no expert or any doctor present at the spot.
The Plan: Pull the Leopard out of the well by tieing a rope around its body.
Chaman Singh, A Forest Official said that we cannot tranquilise the leopard as it might drown.
What actually Happened: The rescue operation started as was planned. A rope was tied along the body of the Leopard which later slipped and formed a noose around the poor animals neck. The animal was then pulled out of the well and was put in a Cage. Initially the Leopard was in a state of shock and later it died in the Gulab Bagh Zoo in Udaipur.
The post mortem report indicates that hunger, anaemia and shock are the other plausible reasons for its death.
What should have been done: In an interview, Mike Pandey, Wildlife Expert and Documentary Film Maker, suggested a better and a correct way that should have been applied to save the Leopard’s life. As we all know, Leopards can climb trees and poles, He suggested that a big log or a long wooden plank should have been placed near the Leopard and it could have come out on its own.
Some doctors also say that the Rescue team should have taken more precautions while pulling the animal out. They should have given it support with a plank or cot while pulling it out.
The investigation will be over.. The cause will be known.. But I have some questions..
- Why was a team which was not trained for such operations sent to the spot.. ??
- Why wasn't a doctor present at the spot.. ??
- And who should be held responsible for this loss.. ??
Whatever may be the cause of the Leopard death.. The fact is that we have lost One more.
Photo of another Leopard killed. (Not of the leopard in the above post)
In a country where these Big Cats are fighting for their lives every moment, Every Death is a BIG BIG LOSS..