Leopard pulled out of the drink

An adult male leopard that fell into a water tank in eastern India has been rescued by forest rangers with the help of a humble net.

The incident took place at the Hansqua Tea Estate near Siliguri in the eastern state of West Bengal.

Workers heard about the feline trapped in the tea garden premises as they reported for work, and the estate manager immediately alerted the nearby Forest Ranger and Game Warden.

A crowd gathered around the reservoir and watched as the big cat, submerged neck-deep in water, tried to climb out.

The leopard eventually grabbed onto the net and leaped out of the reservoir to safety.

Incidents of wild animals straying into human settlements in India are on the rise due to the depleting forest and shortage of prey in the wild.