Endangered Asiatic lion rescued from well

Endangered Asiatic lion about to be pulled up out of a well in India. Photo is from Caters News

Endangered Asiatic lion about to be pulled up out of a well in India. Photo is from Caters News

An endangered Asiatic lion was rescued by forest officials after it fell into a 60-foot-deep well on a farm in the village of Amarpur in India, according to The Indian Express.

The 8-year-old male lion was roaming the property of Badhabhai Rabari at night when it slipped into the open well filled with water. The animal treaded water until forest officials could lower a rope bed into the water for it to stand on. Then, somehow officials managed to get two ropes around the animal and pull it out of the well and into a cage. Caters News Agency has video of the rescue:

"It was in good health despite the fall," Ramesh Katara, deputy conservator of forestry in the Junagadh district, told The Indian Express. "But 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."

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Asiatic Lion is a Schedule-I animal which enjoys highest protection under Indian wildlife laws. The DCF said that they had instructed Rabari to build such parapet after the incident.

The incident took place at Maliya Hatina taluka where 15 lions divided in three prides have settled permanently, forest officers said. The only wild population in the world of this endangered species is surviving in Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary spread across Junagadh, Gir Somnath and Amreli districts. A few prides have settled in protected and revenue areas of Junagadh, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts also. According to 2010 census, there were 411 lions living in these four districts in Saurashtra region of Gujarat state.

Forest department officials have helped farmers in the area build protective walls around their wells. After the incident, they told Rabari he needed to build one too.

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