Leopard Rescued from a Well

I like India and the Indian people but I have been critical of the authorities in India in respect of preserving their wildcats. I am not the only one as Maneka Gandhi does too! But I have just seen the 6 o'clock news on television and there is a nice story about a leopard rescued from a well in India. Good on the authorities. I am pleased to see this. Here is the video:



What is quite interesting is that this is a fresh news story today in the UK but the video above was uploaded on 28th February about one month ago and the actual event must have happened some time before that (yes, see below).

Also it is not uncommon for stories coming out of Asia of the leopard being killed in significant numbers and these just rate as a small story and as a part of everyday life (see, for example, Leopard Deaths are Uninteresting). I can understand that. In the UK (London) we are used to reading about teenagers being stabbed to death. It happens so often it is boring.

The rescue took place in Nasik, 21 st February 2009. Wildlife authorities on February 21 rescued a leopard. The authorities didn't do it all well, though as the intention was to trap it bnut it apparently vanished into sugar cane. I find this odd as the leopard was drugged in the well to allow it to carried up from the well. What happened? This is the location:


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It is peculiar though. On the one hand a leopard is rescued from a well with great effort but on the other a leopard death is, it seems, treated as nothing. Were there other reasons for getting the leopard from the well? Just a purely practical reason of the well becoming unusable would be a good one. Am I being cynical? Apparently the leopard was chasing a dog when he fell down the well. That sounds strange to me too. See also: Tiger Project.



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