An adult male Asiatic lion fell into an open well in India, but was rescued by the forest department within hours.
A large male Asiatic lion, believed to be seven or eight years old, fell approximately 60 feet into a farm rancher’s well in Junagadh City.
According to reporters, the forest officers lowered a charpoy (bed or cot used in India) into the 60-foot deep well.
Ramesh Katara, Deputy Conservator, stated,
After it jumped on the bed again, we tranquilized the lion and pulled it out of the well. It was in good health despite the fall. We have sent it to an animal care center in Sasan-Gir as a precautionary measure. It will be kept under observation there for some time before we release it in the wild.
Most farmers have built proactive parapets, or low protective walls, around their wells to help prevent these types of accidents.
The Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica), also known as the Indian lion, is a lion subspecies that exists as a single population in India’s Gujarat State. It is listed as endangered by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) due to its small population size.
According to the 2010 census, there were 411 lions living in the region of Gujarat state.