These photos show how a group of volunteers rescued an elephant that had fallen into a sewage drain.
The baby elephant had accidentally stepped into the 3-foot-by 4-foot channel during the night at Ugab Camp in Namibia and found itself too deep to get out.
Guests and staff only found her the following day, and they quickly began trying to help her.
Reaching for tubes and shovels, they tried to keep her cool by dipping her in water and then dusting her off.
But after help failed to arrive, volunteers began shoveling sand and rocks into the ditch, hoping they could lift it up enough for her to step out.
Archie van der Merwe, who runs Laramon Tours, witnessed the elephant’s 11-hour challenge.
“We couldn’t stand around any longer and watch the animal in pain, so we decided that the pump in the rest camp’s swimming pool could drain the water, which was knee-deep,” he said.
‘We then filled it with sand and rocks so the elephant could get to higher ground.
Her knees are just below the point where she can bend them, so a little higher up would do the trick.
After another hour in the hot Namibian sun, the water was pumped out, and volunteers threw rocks into the hole to fill it up.
She didn’t want to move, so they threw sand in as well, compressing the stones until it was about half a meter higher.
She seemed to understand what they were doing as she was never tried anything aggressive toward them.
After three hours, the elephant suddenly stood up on her hind legs and started climbing out.
Mr. Van der Merwe added: “It’s totally worth the effort.”
All the rescuers then went to the swimming pool to cool themselves and have a drink to celebrate her rescue.