Dramatic Rescue Of Four Elephant Calves From A Deep Agro-Well In Sri Lanka

Caters_NewsPublished: September 20, 2017350 views
Published: September 20, 2017

In a dramatic operation, four elephant calves were rescued using a backhoe machine in Sri Lanka, after they had fallen into a slippery, muddy well.

A farmer going to work on his fields early morning in Karandagaswewa, Horowpathana noticed the four elephants - all calves, stuck in one of his agro-wells.

The farmer quickly alarmed the wildlife officials who brought with them a backhoe. After a struggle of four hours, the officials succeeded in bringing the gentle babies out of the muddy well.

In the clip, the elephants can be seen given food and water using a hoe as workers dug out the dirt around the well to create a path for the babies to walk out. Once they are satiated and the path is built, the elephants quickly run out of the well and were chased out into the nearby reserve.

Sri Lanka is known for its huge number of wild elephants who dominate national parks but stray out to the nearby villages in search of food. And while they rarely attack the villagers, there have been spate of incidents when the animals got stuck in pits and wells in the sugarcane and other fields and had to be rescued.

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