This video shows the ingenious moment a lost and trapped elephant frees himself using rope ladders – it has to be watched to be believed!
When this elephant became trapped in a canal just outside a village in eastern Sri Lanka, onlookers weren’t sure anything could be done to help him. Elephants are intelligent but dangerous creatures, and the locals wouldn’t be able to help without putting themselves in danger.
Fortunately, wildlife officials were called to the scene and deployed a special rope and tire ladder down the side of the canal to help the elephant pull himself out.
They used firecrackers to move the elephant into position, and once he found the ladder he began the arduous task of pulling himself free. It takes him some time to figure out what to do, and even then he fails, slipping down the concrete wall, back into the water, grazing his feet.
Finally, after taking heart-stopping break lying in the water – looking as though he may have given up, he tackles the ladder again, getting it right and clambering to safety.
After hours of difficulty, he returns to his normal life out in the wild.
Watch the video to see the amazing escape for yourself!