It is a sad day when an elephant falls into a manmade pit, but these amazing rescues will warm your heart and put a smile on your face.
A team of elephant conservationists with Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE) responded to a distress call from Amboseli National Park in Kenya, where an eight-month-old baby elephant had fallen into a five-foot well dug by a Masai tribesman.
The baby elephant was not injured, but the well was too deep for her to climb out on her own, and her mother could not pull her out either. The ATE team rushed to the scene where the calf’s mother Zombe was so frantic that she thought they were a threat and attempted to sit on their vehicle.
Vicki Fishlock, resident scientist of the elephant trust could be heard attempting to move Zombe away from the area with the vehicle and a high-pitched yell.
Two other rescuers then attempted to get a rope around the calf so she could be pulled out of the well. The distressed baby continued to call out and attempt to scramble out of the hole, spurred on by her mother’s wails in the distance.
Eventually, the rope was secured and the rescuers were able to drag the baby out of the well.
The ATE team caught the rescue on film, saying, “Luckily the report came in early in the morning and we were able to get there quick before the mother was forced to leave by herders arriving to water their cattle. It was a happy ending as we were able to reunite the calf with her mother, Zombe.”
This three-month-old elephant calf and his mother fell into a giant 15-foot pit. They were finally rescued after an eight-hour operation by forest officials, with the help of another strong elephant.