During a two-hour operation by the state forest department and Wildlife SOS, a striped hyena was rescued from a 30ft deep open pit at Buchkewadi village in Junnar in Maharashtra.

PUNE: During a two-hour operation by the state forest department and Wildlife SOS, a striped hyena was rescued from a 30ft deep open pit at Buchkewadi village in Junnar in the Maharashtra.
The animal was safely released into the wild after the rescue operation.
On Saturday morning, a resident of Buchkewadi village came out to turn on his well’s water pump and was shocked to see a striped hyena trapped inside. The nearly 30-foot-deep uncovered well is located on the outskirts of a wooded area that is home to several wildlife, including hyenas, which often venture into human habitations in search of prey and easy shelter. available.
To facilitate the rescue operation, personnel from the Junnar Range Forestry Division called the Wildlife SOS team operating from Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center for backup. Equipped with rescue equipment and a cage trap, a rescue team of four NGO members quickly arrived on the scene.
The team lowered a trap cage into the well and after a few attempts the hyena successfully entered. Once inside safely, the cage was carefully lifted and the hyena was then released into a nearby forest.
Dr Nikhil Bangar, Wildlife Veterinary Officer, Wildlife SOS, said: ‘The hyena, believed to be female, was exhausted from her struggle to escape the well and had minor abrasions to her body. . As there were no major injuries and the animal was in good shape, we released it into the wild.
Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said: “Animals trapped in such dangerous situations are already very stressed, so keeping them safe and comfortable is our priority. Despite our years of experience, our rescuers always take into consideration the possible risks and challenges when conducting such rescue operations.

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