Written by Kriti-S
Late one evening in a village in Maharashtra, a terrified
hyena was running to escape a pack of street dogs when she tumbled into a well
that was not visible to her in the darkness and plunged 50 feet down to the
bottom. She had evaded the dogs, but now she was banged up and hopelessly
A man happened to witness the hyena's fall, and he jumped
into action, calling Animal Rahat, our affiliate working in the Sangli district
of Maharashtra, for help. Animal Rahat
promptly sent a rescue team, which quickly hatched a plan. The team lowered a
large net and, after several tries, was able to scoop up the hyena and pull the
scared little animal to safety.
Members of the team took the hyena to the Rajiv Gandhi
Rehabilitation Centre to be checked for injuries and treated. After nearly two
months of rehabilitation, the rescued hyena ate her last meal in captivity and
was released back into the jungle. The area where she stepped out of her
transfer cage was close to where she was found. The local forest department
reported that more than a dozen hyenas—possibly from the rescued hyena's
clan—are known to live in the area.
Hyenas can hear the
calls of their clan from more than 2 miles away when they become separated, so
it's possible that her family members heard her cries and were anxious for her
Well done, Animal Rahat! If you would
like to support their hard work for animals, please visit AnimalRahat.com and make a donation to
help them help animals.
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