Lion is pulled to safety after slipping down 60ft water hole and nearly drowning

This is the dramatic rescue of a critically endangered Asiatic lion after it slipped and fell into a 60ft well.

The distressed eight-year-old lion had spent hours treading water before rescuers lowered a bed in a bid to give it a platform to stand on. She can be heard roaring as she stands on a small ledge at the side of the well - which was nearly full with water.

Dramatic footage shows villagers in remote Amrapur in Gujarat, India - where some of the only remaining wild prides of the species exist - desperately trying to save the animal from drowning.

Using flimsy looking strings of rope tied around the lion's body, which it is unknown who tied them on, they pull together to hoist the strike and distressed animal to safety.

Ramesh Katara, deputy conservator of forest for the local district, told local media: "After it jumped on the bed again, we tranquilised the lion and pulled it out of the well.


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