By Taniya Dutta
This is the heartwarming moment a bunch of boys from an Indian village rescued a huge Asian antelope whose head got stuck in a plastic drum while the thirsty animal tried to drink water from it.
The animal is native to Indian subcontinent and although elusive, it is found near human habitats.
It is believed the animal, an adult male had strayed into Dhaulia village in Jaisalmer-the hottest city in the country, in western India state of Rajasthan in search of water.
However, because of its huge head and massive horns, its head got stuck in the plastic drum from which it was drinking water near a tube well.
It was found struggling and running restlessly, at times hitting into the shrubs and walls of the tubewell, by a group of local boys.
The boys then informed a freelance animal rights activist Radhey Shyam Pemani who helped rescue the antelope after two hours.
Radhey Shyam, 21, said: “The animal was restive. It was very difficult to control it as it was very heavy and tall. It took us two hours to get him in control and then slowly removing the horns.
“Usually Nilgai are very shy animals but if they sense fear, they run away so fast that they don’t see anything coming in their way, hitting people and even cars.
“We were little apprehensive of it attacking us with horns but by the time it was rescued, it was so exhausted that it just struck to the ground.”
A sturdy thin-legged antelope, Nilgai is the largest antelope in Asia. It stands 1–1.5 metres (3.3–4.9 ft) at the shoulder where as the head-and-body length is typically between 1.7–2.1 metres (5.6–6.9 ft). Only males have horns and they can weigh anywhere between 240–635 lb. Females are lighter, weighing 220–470 lb.