The Indian leopard is a subspecies of leopard that is found across the Indian subcontinent. It is widely distributed in the area, despite being listed as “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) since 2008. Most of the population’s decline is a result of habitat loss and poaching for its skin. It is one of the five big cats that is found in India. The others found there are the Bengal tiger, snow leopard, Asiatic lion and clouded leopard.
Recently, an Indian leopard had fallen into a 15-foot-deep well after straying onto the Divya Sagar Estate in the Mudrady village, which is located in Karkala (in the Udupi district of the state Karnataka), India. The nearest city is Hebri.
The well belonged to Diwaker Shetty and, despite the protective wall he built around the well, the leopard somehow made its way in after 10 p.m. Friday evening (May 29). It was found by residents of the Estate on Saturday morning and they immediately summoned the Range Forest Office (RFO). Personnel from the office were on the scene by 9 a.m. and, after a few hours of debate, they were able to construct a plan that had the leopard out by noon. The leopard was transported to the RFO Depot in Hebri where it has been kept. It will likely be released into one of the area’s many wildlife sanctuaries.