Distressed Mother Elephant Digs for Hours as Crowds Watch—When They Realize Why, It’s Shocking

June 10, 2018 12:17 pm Last Updated: June 10, 2018 12:17 pm

The fiercely protective nature of mothers is one of the most remarkable things in nature—and that perhaps shows through best of all when female parent animals perceive their young to be in danger.

Villagers living near the Chatra district in India were alerted to a distressed mother elephant near their small town one day, when she seemed to be frantically digging in the dirt for hours on end.

Hoping to help the elephant out, villagers approached to assist with the digging, then realized what she was after—her own infant calf had fallen down a moderately deep well and was trapped in the muddy waters below.

The rescue efforts took a total of 11 hours to complete, with the mother elephant digging from the late afternoon early into the morning hours of the following day.

There were some close calls, too. In her haste, the mother accidentally pushed some of the muddy dirt back into the well, nearly suffocating the baby calf at the bottom while desperately trying to conduct a rescue.

With the help of the villagers, though, the calf was eventually able to be lifted to safety—and is expected to make a full recovery from the harrowing incident.

The saying is that an elephant never forgets, and that certainly proved to be true with this desperate rescue mission. It actually took a food-related distraction in the form of a banana truck pulled up to halt the mother’s efforts long enough for the villagers to help clear away some of the soil, preventing another small mudslide from putting the infant at risk.

What an incredible display of motherly love in the animal kingdom!

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