By Bilal Kuchay
An asian antelope spent more than six hours in a 70-foot-deep well before being winched to safety by locals.
In a dramatic rescue operation, the 15-year-old antelope was pulled out of the well after being trapped there for hours.
Rescuers used ropes and a JCB machine to free the animal.
The asian antelope (Boselaphus tragocamelus), locally known as nilgai was found in a dry but deep well on Sunday morning by a group of local residents in Govindgarh town in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, after they heard anguished cries of the animal.
After closely following the source of the sound, they found the antelope helplessly stuck in the deep well.
The concerned residents informed the police after which a rescue operation was launched.
Hundreds of locals gathered to watch the rescue with many recording it on their mobile phones.
Gopal Denial, the village headman, said: “It took us three hours to rescue the animal as the well was around 70-foot deep. Also, the animal was not cooperating while ropes were being tied around its body.
“We are thankful to the police that they arrived at the right time and helped us in rescuing the nilgai.”
The animal was later fed water and then released into the wild.
Local residents claim such incidents happen on regular basis in their state as most of the wells remain uncovered.
Sher Singh Kumawat, a local resident said: “We have requested the administration several times to cover these wells but it seems as if our pleas have fallen onto deaf ears.
“These uncovered wells are a risk to both humans and animals and unless they are properly covered such incidents are bound to happen.”