Forest officials in the Indian state of Gujarat rescued four Asiatic lions on Sunday, September 15, after they had fallen into a 100-foot-deep well in the village of Manavav.
The lions had fallen into an unused well located in a mango orchard at around 7.30 pm on Saturday evening, according to the Indian Express.
Chief Conservator of Forests of Junagadh Wildlife Circle Dushyant Vasavada said that the four sub-adult lions — aged between two and three years — were rescued early Sunday morning.
“It was an open and abandoned well without any water. However, the lions did not suffer any major injuries. Our staff rescued them in a short period of time and gave them treatment on the spot. The lions were later shifted to a facility for keeping them under observation,” Vasavada told The Indian Express.
Vasavada said the lions were brought to the Jasadhar Rescue Center for a number of days before being released back into the wild.
Footage of the rescue shared by the Gujarat Forest Department shows rescuers using a rope and pulley to lift one of the lions out of the well. Credit: Gujarat Forest Department via Storyful