A young orphan elephant, named Max, was rescued by missionaries after his extended family, 100 elephants in total, were slaughtered by poachers in Chad and Cameroon in Central Africa.
The rescue mission was performed by Gary Roberts, an American nurse and missionary and his fellow missionaries. Incredibly, the baby elephant was somehow squeezed in the back of a four-seater plane and flown to the safety of Mr. Roberts’ house where it was to receive medical treatment.
As you will see in the video below, the 353lb elephant waves its trunk around as it sits in the back of the plane, before managing to get a hold of a bottle of water in its jaws. It repeatedly placed its trunk on Mr. Roberts’ shoulder as he he stroke the baby on the head. He told BBC News:
With an animal that size, you can feel its weight shifting in the aircraft.
Sadly, Max died only days after his rescue in March 2013 as a result of the traumatic experience and the cow’s milk he was fed with in the village before Mr. Roberts’ arrival.
The footage below was captured at the time of the rescue mission last year, but it surfaced online only recently.
1. This baby elephant was flown in the back of a four-seater plane to escape from poachers.
2. The orphan, named Max, was rescued after 100 other elephants, including its relatives, were killed by poachers between Chad and Cameroon in Central Africa. Above, it sits in the back of the plane.
3. Footage shows the 353lb baby elephant waving its trunk around as it sits in the small aircraft.
4. ‘With an animal that size, you can feel its weight shifting in the aircraft,’ Mr Roberts told BBC News.
Source: The Mail Online.
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