It happened in central India, and a witness captured the unbelievable scene on video as a three-year-old leopard struggled to stay afloat in a 20-foot deep well in Dhundi Village located in Madhya Pradesh.
According to the MsmNews video, local villagers and forest rescue services teamed up after the wild cat was spotted submerged in the well after it fell while searching for food. Lokesh Nirapure, assistant director of forest services in the area directed his staff to collect ropes and build a makeshift ladder.
“As mercury rises, the wild animals stray into human habitats in search of water. The villagers said this leopard had been spotted several times near the water bodies and wells recently. Leopard sightings have become more common in the area as drought pushes the big cats into human habitats in search of food and water,” stated Nirapure.
The mobile phone video shows the men lowering a 20 foot bamboo ladder into the well as the animal continued to stay afloat. And then in an unbelievable feat of intelligence, the cat slowly climbed up the ladder to safety. Once on land, he quickly ran into the forests.
(Photos of leopard climbing ladder via screenshots captured from video and Caters News Service)