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Leopard saved in Indian well drama

2010-12-27 06:50:56 GMT2010-12-27 14:50:56 (Beijing Time)

Take one angry leopard trapped for several hours down an Indian village well, add water, and stand well back while a team of rescuers work out how to save it.

Local farmers in Gujarat state raised the alarm when they spotted the animal struggling to stay afloat.

They alerted forestry officials who managed to hook a series of ropes around the leopard to hoist it out.

The operation took nearly two hours.

The soaked and stroppy feline was finally hauled to safety and into a large cage.

The rescuers say the animal's been taken to a specialist centre in a nearby town to recover from the ordeal.

It's believed the leopard is about eight years old and may have fallen into the well while hunting for prey at night.

There's an old saying that a leopard can't change its spots but this soggy moggy might now consider changing its hunting ground.

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