Pune: Village Water Supply Halts As Jackal Falls Into A 50 Feet Deep Well

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Pune, 23rd July 2022: The peril of open wells struck Kusur Village in Junnar, Pune District as a sub-adult Jackal fell into a 50-feet-deep open well that supplied water to the entire village.

Timely intervention by Wildlife SOS and the Forest Department helped save the jackal’s life following which it was safely released back into the wild!

On Friday, locals of Kusur Village in Junnar, Pune District were shocked to find a young Golden jackal trapped in the 50-feet-deep well that provided water to the entire community. A village rescue team immediately contacted the Maharashtra Forest Department and the Wildlife SOS team operating out of the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre for reinforcements.

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On reaching the village, they found that the exhausted Jackal was clinging to a motor pipe to prevent itself from drowning. Acting swiftly, the Wildlife SOS team worked with the Forest Department and Village Rescue team to lower a pole with the support of which the jackal was carefully extricated.

Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-Founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said “Open wells continue to pose a significant threat to wildlife. Due to the lack of any boundaries or markings, animals accidentally fall into these wells. Our team has significant experience in carrying out such rescue operations and acts with the utmost caution. To create a long-term solution, Wildlife SOS has initiated the Well Covering Project that aims to cover 40 risk-prone wells in Maharashtra!”

Dr Nikhil Bangar, Wildlife Veterinary Officer, Wildlife SOS, said, “Open wells, specifically wet wells, can be extremely dangerous as an animal risks drowning in them. Village rescue teams play an integral role in such situations as they act as first responders and can get help immediately. Due to the timely intervention, the Jackal was rescued successfully.”

Jackals play an important ecological role and are valuable for the health of a habitat. Omnivores in nature, they feed on small mammals, insects, hares, fish, birds and fruits and often venture into human habitats in search of the same. The Golden Jackal is protected under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

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