11 November 2011

A dramatic rescue: Baby elephant and her mother saved from muddy grave

A dramatic rescue happened on the flats of the Kapani Lagoon in Zambia.

A baby elephant and its mother got stuck in a mud lagoon. The family herd desperately to help them from the mud grave.

baby elephant and its mother

baby elephant and its mother

A team of conservation workers come into a rescue. They plan to rescue the calf first. Workers managed to slip a rope under the baby before the hard work of pulling her free begins.

baby elephant and its mother

baby elephant and its mother

Although the baby appears to be almost free of the mud pool, she tries to go back to her mother.

baby elephant and its mother

baby elephant and its mother

The team tries to deter the calf from returning to its mother.

baby elephant and its mother

The workers made a final attempt to pull the baby elephant further from her mother who continues to thrash around in the mud.

baby elephant and its mother

Finally the workers succeed pulling clear the calf from the mud.

baby elephant and its mother

A cousin from her herd calls to her and she makes a dash for freedom.

baby elephant and its mother

The workers' focus then turns to the mother elephant who is becoming tired after struggling for so long.

baby elephant and its mother

Manpower would not be enough to pull the mother elephant so they use a tractor.

baby elephant and its mother

baby elephant and its mother

She eventually senses freedom, so she starts to scramble through the mud an inch by inch.

baby elephant and its mother

baby elephant and its mother

After a long struggle, the mother elephant finally succeed to get out from the mud and dash towards to her family.

baby elephant and its mother

Source: Daily Mail

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