Rarely one sees a tiger in the open. That too, one fallen in a well. However, recently, not one, but several people saw one such hapless tiger in Mallavaram village of Andhra Pradesh state of India.In the afternoon of Tuesday, 2 January 2007, the villagers of Mallavaram saw a tiger struggling to come out of an open well hidden among wild bushes in their village. They informed the local forest officials. Saravanam, the local Forest Officer, came along with his staff. It was the first time in his career that he was seeing a wild tiger. By then the tired tiger was resting on a small mound of slush in the water. What does one do when one happens to see a tiger fallen into an open well? No one knew.Certainly they were not going to kill it. But how to rescue it? The Forest Officer began to try. When a few attempts failed, he thought of lowering a strong ladder into the water. Accordingly an improvised wooden ladder was brought and made to stand in the water of the well. A large crowd of inquisitive men, women and children had gathered around. What if the tiger pounced on them when brought out of the well? The Forest Officer sounded a danger warning to the people. They heard him but continued to stand around and eagerly watch the going on. However, when the tiger began to climb the ladder they all ran helter-skelter. The Forest Officer and his men sought safety in their vehicles. The tiger climbed half the ladder up, took a confident leap and sprang out of the well. Just for amoment it paused then ran away out of sight. The villagers had rescued the tiger, which, from itspug marks, was about 7 to 8 years old.