This is the dramatic moment villagers rescue a baby elephant from a well built after its mother stayed by her side all night.
The calf was trapped while a herd of more than 60 elephants passed through a section of Ramgarh district, India.
All through Wednesday night, the mother kept blowing the trumpet and trying to pull the calf out.
As she kept trying and continued to cry all night, a flock of eight tusks remained on standby.
And throughout the night, the villagers of Sutri stayed awake, praying the herd would return to the nearby forest without causing any devastation.
As daylight broke, people began to gather near the well, and the mother elephant made a peaceful retreat and joined the herd to wait behind the bushes.
Touched by her plight, some brave and kind people decided to help.
Lakra Mahto, a witness, said: ‘We cut a few bamboo poles and placed them near the well so the elephants wouldn’t chase us.
“We also lowered a few bamboo poles to help the calf float until the forester arrived.”
Forest officials, who were notified at around 3:30 a.m, arrived at the site around 6 a.m armed with an earth mover.
Ranger Ramlakhan Paswan, who led the rescue operation, said: ‘We widened the well’s mouth with a bulldozer to create a slope and helped the calf out of the pit after an hour-long process.
‘The calf then started walking towards the bushes where its family was waiting. ”
Last year, a similar incident happened when a mother elephant struggled for 11 hours to pull her baby out of the hole with the help of villagers.
Unlike the 2015 incident, this time the herd members remained on standby until the baby was rescued and reunited.