An innovative rope ladder saved a 25-year-old elephant from a canal in Welikanda, eastern Sri Lanka, as captured in a dramatic video.
Wildlife officials from the Department of Wildlife Conservation sprung into action to help the stranded elephant.
The footage reveals the elephant struggling to climb a slippery slope along the canal’s bank.
Despite several attempts, the elephant couldn’t get its hind legs out of the water and had to retreat back into the canal.
In response, rescuers used firecrackers to guide the elephant towards a specially designed ladder made from ropes, sticks, and tires. Upon reaching the ladder, the elephant started to pull its massive body out of the water.
During the six-hour rescue mission, the distressed elephant made multiple attempts to lift itself out of the water and secure its grip on the rope ladder.
Finally, after several tries, the elephant successfully climbed the ladder and reached dry land. The inspiring moment of the elephant’s escape was captured on December 8.
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