Eleven elephants have been rescued from drowning in a flooded crater in Cambodia. The incident happened at the Keo Seima wildlife sanctuary in Mondulkiri province, Cambodia, after a herd of 11 elephants, including one, entered the giant crater to drink and bathe.
However, the crater’s 10ft-high walls, created by a bomb during the Vietnam War, proved too tall for them to scale on their own. This led to them getting stuck.
When locals discovered the elephants, they were almost completely submerged in water. According to the Daily Mail, they then contacted the Wildlife Conservation Society. The society’s lifeguards built a ramp up the side of the crater so the elephants could climb out.
The dramatic footage was captured showing elephants helping each other climb out of the crater’s muddy waters.
Since being shared online on March 29, the video has garnered more than 20,000 views on Facebook alone. “Thank you so much for coming to their rescue!!!!” one commenter said. Another wrote, “Thank goodness WCS, and the kind farmers knew how to get help.”