This is the touching moment a group of wildlife rangers rescued a baby elephant stuck in a mud pit on Saturday.
Footage filmed by a tourist visiting Addo Elephant Park in South Africa shows the calf struggling to get out of the hole as elderly elephants in the herd tried to free him.
After hours of struggle, park rangers arrived in a jeep – scaring the elderly elephants away- and managed to free the baby elephant.
As soon as the calf was released, a cheer rang out from the group watching the elephants from the hiding place.
The little one was quickly reunited with the rest of the herd, to the delight of the tourists watching and saying “aww”.
The person who posted the video wrote: ‘The baby elephant got stuck upside down while the whole family was drinking water from the watering hole; it was stuck almost all day.
‘The old elephants tried to free it by pushing it with their legs for several hours.
‘The elephants became increasingly stressed, and their cries for help drew a large herd.
“Due to this being so close to the ‘main camp’ safety of the park, the Rangers were forced to resolve the situation by freeing the baby elephant.”