In a heartwarming reunion, a baby elephant in China was saved from a 12-hour ordeal in a pit and returned safely to its mother.
The rescue unfolded in the Yunnan Province in the southwestern region of China when the young calf strayed from its herd into a local village and tumbled into a ground pit.
The precarious situation came to the attention of local authorities on the night of October 17th in the Simao district of Pu’er City.
Known for hosting a population of about 120 wild Asian elephants since 1993, the district maintains a patrol officer for monitoring the elephants’ activities. The patrol officer had seen the mother and calf, playful and foraging for food, earlier in the same village.
As the night progressed, the alarm was raised by a local farmer who discovered the young elephant stuck in a pit at his property.
The herd had ventured into his house for food, and the baby elephant had slipped unnoticed into the pit while its family moved on.
Upon receiving the alert, a rescue team composed of police officers and forest keepers hastened to the scene. One of the rescuers, recounting the incident to Xinhua News, said they found the calf wandering in the pit, seemingly lost and separated from its mother.
Faced with the challenge of the pit’s depth and prioritizing the safety of residents, the authorities decided to safeguard the young elephant overnight and execute the rescue operation the following morning.
After 12 grueling hours, the relief came when the calf was hoisted out of the pit. Following its rescue, officers gently guided the calf back to its anxious mother.
Videos capturing the touching reunion depict three officers leading the young elephant back to its family. A resonant voice encourages the calf, “Come on, let’s go. Let’s go find your mommy and go back to nature.”
The incident concluded positively, with officials confirming that the baby elephant seemed to have emerged from its misadventure unharmed.
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