Two newborn elephants fell into a muddy watering hole during a severe drought in Zimbabwe.
Last month, wildlife photographer Jens Cullmann discovered two baby elephants at Mana Pools National Park and reported them to the “Wild is life” animal reserve.
The charity’s team, locals, and a veterinarian spent around half a day freeing the two inj.ur.ed animals using ropes and shovels.
After being dug out of the ground, the elephants were given intravenous drips for their dehydration before being carried onboard a plane and flown to the Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery.
Some rescuers attempted to remove them using a rope, while others pushed them away with poles. According to the rescue workers, both of them might be at.ta.cked by hyenas and needed treatment for their i.nju.ries before being flown on.
The two newborns are now recuperating and are having a wonderful time at the Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery.
“Ms. Pullmann added: ‘This year has been a very different stay in Mana Pools – I’ve been there every year for the past nine years and I’ve never seen anything like this drought.
It was distressing and heartbreaking to witness so many animals suffer – especially elephants, who are in a sense “very human.”
It must have happened the night before because I was in this location every day at that time and would have noticed it.
‘When I found them, the elephants had already injuries, probably from hyenas.
After witnessing elephants d.i.e and lonely newborns wandering on their own, it was fantastic that we were able to do something to assist them; it made you feel less powerless.