A thirsty male leopard got more than what he bargained for Wednesday when his head got stuck in a pot after the animal ventured into the village of Sardul Kheda, Rajasthan, in India hoping to find water.
Bystanders in the village can be seen on video keeping their distance as the leopard, blinded by the pot, wanders aimlessly around, according to The Guardian
. It reportedly took more than six hours to free the animal.
The leopard was eventually tranquilized and then released into the wild. BBC News reported that wildlife officials
used a saw to get the pot off the leopard's head.
District forest officer Kapil Chandrawal told The Independent
that veterinarians assessed the health of the leopard before it was released. Chandrawal said the animal has been around the area for about three years.
The "disruption" to wild habitats has caused more wild animals to come into populated areas in India looking for food. BBC News wrote that India has between 12,000 and 14,000 leopards, according to wildlife estimates.
The story led to plenty of puns on the Internet, including the Times of India, which ran a headline reading: "Leopard hooked to pot, but not stoned."
The Independent added this one.
Others on social media joined in the commenting on the leopard's dilemma and the coverage around it.
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