Unable to rescue their baby, a herd of elephants were forced to place their trust in human rescuers and watched nervously from the sidelines.
The amazing operation took place in the Tsavo East National Park in Kenya, after the tiny elephant calf fell into a steep ditch.
The rest of the herd, including the distraught mother, could do nothing but watch helplessly as the baby began to slowly drown in the muddy water.
The rescuers wrote about the challenges they faced: “The rescue proved extremely challenging with two wild elephant herds highly charged and remaining at the scene trying their level best to protect their baby.”
With the help of straps, the rescuers were eventually able to lift the calf up and let it join the nervous herd.
That is when the conservationists from the the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust got the call and came to the calf’s rescue.
According to their Facebook page, the rescue proved to be very difficult as the elephants felt even more threatened by the rescuers’ arrival, forcing the rangers to operate cautiously, as the elephants tried to obstruct them.
The rescuers tell us how the rescue went:
The rescue proved extremely challenging with two wild elephant herds highly charged and remaining at the scene trying their level best to protect their baby, and by doing so inhibiting the rescue team from approaching.
A second vehicle was able to provide the buffer required for a rapid intervention, and our brave Voi keepers leapt out of their vehicle to reach the calf, eventually lifting her to safety with the help of straps so that she could be tenderly enveloped in her herd once more and reunited with her by now frantic mother.
It was the best possible outcome, and it is these sorts of days and happy endings that give us so much satisfaction.
So, fortunately, there was a happy ending — great job by the rescuers!
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