Soon, a team arrived at this small village in Maharashtra, India, from Wildlife SOS, a rescue organization with a history of saving animals from bad situations.
The group, led by veterinarian Ajay Deshmukh and joined by officials from the state forestry department, realized hauling an understandably skittish wild animal from a very deep hole would prove no easy task.
"Due to lack of proper net covers," a forestry department official said in a press release, "a large number of wells in rural Maharashtra villages remain exposed, thereby increasing the risk of wild animals getting trapped in them."
The team opted to lower a crate down to the struggling leopard.
But at first, the dangling box didn't exactly scream, 'Here to help!' to the animal. Instead, it seemed to make the leopard angry enough to take a few swipes at it - swipes that sent her perilously off balance.