Indian wolves are an endangered species. Like many kinds of wolves across the planet, the species hasn’t coexisted well with man. Even when people aren’t killing them to remove the perceived or actual threats, the animals are losing habitat to human development. When those paths cross, bad things can happen.
This particular wolf got its head caught in a plastic container. The malnourished beast was looking for food when it found this piece of refuse. The bottleneck was tight enough that the wolf was able to squeeze in, but he didn’t have the leverage to get back out.
“The wolf was spotted in a lake area in Nagpur, central India, by a group of amateur nature photographers, and their images show the state of the starving animal,” The Daily Mail writes.
There is no way to know how long the wolf had been trapped, though the container may have prevented it from getting any water, so it wouldn’t have been long.
“Tanay Panpalia, a 26-year-old accountant from Nagpur, spotted the wolf while out taking photos with his friends, and the group embarked on a rescue mission,” DM writes.
The group called authorities and began following the animal. After two hours, they set up a rescue.
“It was a plastic container which is often used by the nearby local villagers as a household article to store food,” Panpalia said.
“The villagers throw away the unused containers wherever they want, which results in such mishaps with wild animals.”
“I and two friends had ventured to the lake in order to take photos of birds, but we were also hoping to capture some images of wolves.”
“When we saw a pack of them we were so excited and decided to follow them for a while to take photos when we suddenly found a young wolf whose head was stuck in a plastic container.”
“The other wolves watched us from a distance – we were scared as there were only three of us and ten of them.”
“However, the young wolf seemed to be very weak as it was unable to eat due to that plastic container.”
“Thankfully, the plastic container had holes in it which was allowing him to breathe and drink water – it’s probably what kept him alive.
“We immediately informed a rescue team from the Forest Department of Nagpur and followed the wolf until they arrived.”
“It was a success and there were no external injuries to the wolf. We kept on showering water on him to bring down his body temperature and then released him back into the wild.”
“He ran away swiftly and re-joined the pack later on. The whole rescue operation lasted for around three hours, but it was worth it.”
“I was sad to see such a beautiful animal become stuck and almost die as a result of human ignorance.”
“While following him, I documented the whole story so that it might make people more aware of how their rubbish affects wildlife.”