Elephant Escapes Canal Using Ingenious Rope Ladder Created by Rescuers

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.

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Despite several attempts, the elephant couldn’t get its hind legs out of the water and had to retreat back into the canal.

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The elephant, estimated to be 25 years old, tries to clamber up a rope ladder made for him by wildlife officials in Welikanda near Polonnaruwa, eastern Sri Lanka. Source: Daily Mail

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.

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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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The helpless animal spots a slope along the canal, but the surface is too slippery, and he is unable to climb up it. Source: Daily Mail
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Wildlife rescuers craft a ladder made with rope and tyres in an effort to try and assist the elephant out of the water. Source: Daily Mail
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Rescuers use firecrackers to move the elephant along the canal and closer to the rope ladder. Source: Daily Mail
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The elephant initially struggles to clamber out of the canal and continues to slip back into the water. Source: Daily Mail
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The elephant eventually manages to grab hold of the specially designed rope and arrive back on dry land. Source: Daily Mail

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