Brave dog falls down well while fighting wild jaguar and both make it out alive
A dog that was stuck fighting a wild jaguar at the bottom of a well has miraculously made it out alive.
The pooch named Negrito ended up in the well last Saturday (December 4) with both animals falling in during a violent scrap.
Authorities in Uvero in Quintana Roo, Mexico, were alerted to the situation in the early hours and launched a rescue mission.
Responders from federal, state and local animal welfare organisations rushed to the scene, fearing that Negrito would surely be killed by his fearsome sparring partner.
In actual fact, the fall into the well had left the jaguar paralysed by shock, meaning that a daring local was able to quickly pull the dog to safety.
Negrito was then taken to a local animal clinic, where he recovered for a few days after vet Dr Erika Flores confirmed he was in good condition.
With the dog saved, authorities then turned their attention to getting the jaguar out of the well.
To do so they carefully constructed a raft of logs to be used as a cover and fed a large stick down to the animal.
They then stood a safe distance away and ripped the cover off, allowing the jaguar to traverse the stick when it had recovered from its shock.
Animal welfare authorities later decided to release the beast back into the wild.
Victor Rosales, president and founder of conservation group Aak Mahahual, praised the Quintana Roo locals for acting fast and alerting authorities about the situation.
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He said: "What I appreciate the most is that even though people could have dealt with this situation by killing the jaguar, however, they preferred to respect this jaguar and give him a chance of life back in the wild."
"The community called PROFEPA and me before hurting the jaguar. This is the result of the work that we have all done with the community."
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