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SEE IT: Baby elephant rescued after getting stuck in well in India

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 7/27/2021 David Matthews
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Baby elephant shock!

Video shows Indian forest workers rescuing a baby elephant that had become stuck in a well.

According to The Times of India, the elephant was discovered thrashing around and covered in mud inside a narrow well around 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning in the village of Devarapura Bhadragola, in Kodagu district in the southern state of Karnataka.

Witnesses said the elephant was unable to climb out of the well because it was too slick inside and the well had concrete rings at its opening.


Video: Injured baby elephant rescued in southwest China (Reuters)

The rescuers, from the Indian Forest Service, were able to give the elephant some food and water before they removed the concrete rings and lowered wooden planks into the well, allowing the animal to get better traction. The crew then used ropes to pull as the pachyderm climbed out to freedom.

Once back on solid ground the elephant, which looked to be about 4-feet tall quickly regained its bearings and shuffled off into the forest and joined a group of adult elephants that was waiting nearby.

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Officials said the animal appeared to be uninjured but exhausted and would likely recover fully.

The rescue was the second high-profile save of a baby elephant in India this summer. In May, a viral video showed workers demolishing a 30-foot-deep well with backhoes and quickly sculpting a ramp out of the debris that allowed the animal to walk out safely.

The incidents are becoming more uncommon though as humans and elephants are coming into conflict in India more often as the animals’ habitats are reduced to make way for human settlement.

Experts believe that about 500 elephants are killed and as many as 500,000 human families are affected by the interspecies conflict, usually because of damage to crops.

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