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Wildlife officers rescue 'Fishing Cat' from well

18 August 2017 - 149   - 0

Wildlife officers from the Department of Wildlife Conservation's (DWC) Sigirya office have managed to successfully rescue a large Fishing Cat (Handun Diviya) which had fallen into a well at Digampathana in Dambulla. 

The incident took place yesterday (17). Villagers had seen the Fishing Cat fallen inside the well unable to get out. They had at first tried to rescue the animal themselves, but given the danger involved to the animal and themselves, had alerted wildlife officers. 

DWC officers had arrived within minutes and had managed to successfully pull the animal out of the well using a noose made of wire. The Fishing Cat had then freed itself from the noose and fled into the jungle. 

Text and Pix by Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa in Dambulla

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