An elephant calf was dramatically rescued from a manhole in central Thailand this week after its mother was allowed to proceed with the operation, wildlife officials said.
The calf fell into a drainage trough on the outskirts of the Royal Hills Golf Course in Nakhon Nayak province in the early hours of Wednesday.
Its distressed mother, believed to have belonged to an elephant herd traveling through a nearby forest, stayed with the infant, unable to climb out of the steep pit.
The pair were discovered by a passing resident, who immediately alerted wildlife officials and Khao Yai National Park officials to the elephant’s plight.
Potential rescuers were initially unable to help the baby elephant due to the presence of its worried mother, and were forced to pacify the aged creature.
The mother elephant partially fell into the hole before being pulled out with the help of a digger.
The mother was later resuscitated, according to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. Videos posted on the department’s website showed the elephant cub struggling under the manhole before being pulled out in the rain.
The calf was eventually rescued from the pit and reunited with its mother, with park officials confirming that the pair had returned safely to the wild.
Sometimes elephants fall or get trapped can have tragic consequences. In 2019, 11 elephants died a . happened onSome of them tried to reach the calf.
According to the Elephant Nature Park, there are an estimated 3,000-4,000 elephants in Thailand. About half of them are domesticated, and the rest live in the reserves of the national park.