Endangered asiatic lion dramatically rescued from 60ft well before it drowned
A critically endangered Asiatic lion has been rescued from a 60ft well after slipping in during the night.
Dramatic footage shows villagers in remote Amrapur in Gujarat, India – where some of the only remaining wild prides of the lion species exist – desperately trying to save the animal from drowning.
The distressed eight-year-old lion can be heard roaring as it stands on a small ledge at the side of the well – which was nearly full with water.
Rescuers lowered a bed into the well in a bid to give the lion a platform to stand on, after it had spent hours treading water.
Using flimsy looking strings of rope tied around the lions body, which it is unknown who tied them on, they pull together to hoist the strike and distressed animal to safety.
Ramesh Katara, deputy conservator of forest for the local district, told local media: “After it jumped on the bed again, we tranquilised the lion and pulled it out of the well.
“It was in good health despite the fall. But we have sent it to animal care centre in Sasan-Gir as a precautionary measure.
“It will be kept under observation there for some time before we release it in the wild.”
According to National Geographic, only 200 to 260 Asian lions live in the Middle East and India – with an additional 200 living in zoos.