A baby elephant, barely visible due to being covered in mud, was successfully rescued and reunited with its worried mother after tourists at Tsavo East National Park in Kenya noticed its tiny trunk waving for help.
The male calf had been trapped in a muddy hole for hours before the tourists alerted tour guides to its plight, prompting a rescue operation.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and anti-poaching officers came together to save the baby elephant.
The calf’s mother, who had already attempted to rescue her baby, watched as the team used straps to protect the young elephant. After 30 minutes of effort, the group managed to free the calf.
Angela Sheldrick, CEO of DSWT, recounted the event, explaining that the calf’s mother had been trying to save her baby for hours.
The mother initially seemed agitated and mock-charged at the rescuers but eventually seemed to understand they were helping her calf.
Once the baby elephant was on its feet, it quickly ran to its mother, leading to a heartwarming reunion as the rest of the herd returned to celebrate.
The DSWT has been involved in numerous successful rescues and reunions of elephant calves with their families over the years.
Sheldrick expressed joy when such efforts have positive outcomes, as with this baby elephant and its mother.