Dramatic footage shows the moment a three-month-old elephant calf is saved from a 30-foot dry well In India using nets and ropes.
The baby elephant that had strayed from its herd was rescued by the forest personnel after it fell into an irrigation well on the outskirts of Udedurgam Reserve Forest in Tamil Nadu, southern India.
Locals gathered around the well to discover it struggling to scale the steep pit walls after hearing its cries the next day.
When the rescue team lowered a rope into the well, they discovered that it was too deep for them to reach down and pull the calf out. They informed forest officials, who attempted to raise it with ropes first. However, due to resistance from the petrified calf, efforts to lift it failed after numerous attempts.
Finally, the forest guards dragged the calf into the net and hauled it up.
“At least 25 staff and 50 volunteers assisted in the rescue.
“We were notified of the situation early in the morning, and the team swiftly responded, monitoring the situation before successfully removing the calf.
Scores of locals stand in anticipation as a team of forest officials walks down the well and ties the net around. After several tries, the men succeed in putting the calf on the net and successfully pulling it out of the well.
“The rescue operation lasted almost two hours.”
“After the calf was rescued, it was reunited with the herd that had been waiting in the woods.”
Minutes later, when the animal begins to flee, volunteer workers guide him into the forest where the herd was waiting for the calf.