A lion was heroically rescued after falling down an 80ft well thanks to a brave forest ranger – who agreed to be locked in a cage and lowered down.
The two-year-old lioness fell into the hole, which was full of deep water, when the pride was camped out nearby.
Villagers heard it fall in and gathered around to rescue it, with officials agreeing to send a man down to check on the animal.
After two hours of struggling, he miraculously managed to loop a rope around the big cat – who was scared and struggling – which was then hauled to safety.
Video footage shows the incredible moment the lion was hauled to safety.
One local in Amrapur village in Gir Somnath, India, said: “A villager heard a sound and looked around and was shocked to see a lioness had fallen into the well.
“Villagers immediately informed the forest department.
“The forest officials brought a protective cage in which a staff member from the forest department sat inside, as it was lowered into the well.”
The lion, which was quickly shoved into a cage, is recovering at Sasan Girl Animal Care Centre.