Written by Michelle Kretzer
After nearly two months of rehabilitation, the rescued hyena ate her last meal
in captivity and was released back into the jungle one night last week. The area where
she stepped out of her transfer cage was close to where she was found. The
local forest department reported that more than a dozen hyenas—possibly from the rescued hyena's clan—are known to live in the area.
The following was originally posted November 22, 2011:
evening in the Maharastran countryside in India, a terrified hyena was running
to escape a pack of street dogs when she tumbled into a well that was not visible
to her in the darkness and plunged 50 feet down to the bottom. She had evaded
the dogs, but now she was banged up and hopelessly trapped.
happened to witness the hyena's fall, and he jumped into action, calling PETA India for help. The Animal Rahat ("rahat"
means "relief" in Hindi) rescue team quickly hatched a plan. The team
lowered a large net and, after several tries, was able to scoop up the hyena
and pull the scared little animal to safety.
the team took the hyena to the Rajiv Gandhi Rehabilitation Centre to be checked
for injuries and treated, and she will eventually be returned to her clan. Hyenas
can hear the calls of
their clan from more
than 2 miles away when they
become separated, so it's possible that her family members heard her cries and
are anxious for her safe return.
Most of us
won't rescue a hyena in our lifetime, but with simple actions like moving turtles off the road and taking stray dogs and cats to an animal shelter, we can save animals
whose lives are just as important to them as ours are to us.
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