Two baby elephants have been rescued after falling into a muddy waterhole during a drought in Zimbabwe.
The elephants, Tess and Mana, were discovered by wildlife photographer Jens Cullmann at Mana Pools National Park last month, and she warned about the ‘Wild is life’ animal sanctuary.
Members of the charity, locals, and take about half a day to free the two trapped animals.
The elephants were given intravenous fluids for their dehydration after being pulled from the ground and then loaded onto a plane to the Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery.
Ms. Cullmann, 50, said she believed the pair got stuck after getting water and were too weak to get out of the mud.
Some lifeguards pulled the elephants while others pushed. Both were in.ju.red, rescuers believed by hyenas and had to be treated for their in.jur.ies before they could be flown again.
The two babies are now recovering and are said to be enjoying life at the Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery.
Ms. Pullmann said: “This year in Mana Pools is a very different holiday than previous years – I’ve been there every year for the past nine years, and I’ve never seen a drought like this one.
“It was quite emotional and devastating to see so many animals suffer – especially elephants because they are so much like ‘humans.’
‘It definitely happened the night before – I was at this time in this area every day, and I would have noticed it.
‘When I found them, the elephants had already i.n.jur.ies, probably from hyenas.
‘After I’ve witnessed elephants d..y.ing and seeing lonely babies wandering around by themselves, it was really good that we were able to do something as well, to help to save them, it makes you feel a little less powerless.’