Baby elephant and mother’re trapped in the mud and sinking fast because they wouldn’t be separated

Trapped in mud and drowned quickly, this pair of elephants was likely to di.e.

The mother takes action to save her but gets stuck – making the rest of the flock understand alert when trying to save them.

So with no time to lose, a group of conservationists got into action.

The family herd desperately tries to help the stricken mother and calf as they lie in the lagoon
The mud dries quickly making their mistake harder and the window of time for rescue much shorter
Workers managed to slip a rope under the baby before the hard work of pulling her free begins
The team of workers from South Luangwa Conservation Society pulls the calf first, avoiding the mother’s thrashing trunk

Thinking on their feet, they first thread a string down and around the calf and begin to pull.

Some attempts have been made to release the young, but it wants to stay with its mother and resist.

In the end, trying to avoid the stabbing trunk of the mother, they dragged the calf to safety. But rescuing a heavyweight mother has always proved more difficult.

Ropes must be attached to the back of a tractor as they stretch to pull her free. In the end, they succeeded in saving her from the muddy grave, and she was racing to rejoin the herd – and her baby.

The dramatic rescue took place on the flats of the Kapani lagoon in Zambia.

The calf appears to be calling for help while her mother appears resigned to her fate before the rescue gets under way
Some would argue that rescuing the mother and baby meddles with the natural order
Although the calf appears to be almost free of the drying mud pool, she looks back to her mother
Shouting and waving frantically, the team tries to deter the youngster from returning to its mother
A final attempt is made to pull the calf further away from its mother who continues to thrash around in the mud

Rachel McRobb, a member of the rescue team from the South Luangwa Conservation Society, said: ‘Most conservationists believe that humans should not interfere with the natural order and we should let nature run. Follow its own path, whether it seems cruel or grim.

‘We agree, as a whole, unless humans create a wildlife problem (e.g., in the case of trapping or being trapped in a fence, in which case it is justified to intervene. ), nature should be left to its own devices. She has a plan.

‘However – every rule has exceptions and the dreadful plight of a baby elephant trapped in the mud of Kapani Lagoon and its mother, who also stuck trying to save it yesterday we all have to participate in frenetic activity.

‘We simply couldn’t stand watching them struggle and di.e.’

Before the rescue of staff from the conservation organization, Kapani Lodge and Norman Carr Safaris, mother and calf herds, tried to rescue the couple.

When they couldn’t do anything, the group – along with members of the Zambian Wildlife Authority – moved in while the herd waited on the other side of some trees.

At one point, the calf seemed to be calling for help while its mother resigned to her fate before the rescue took place.

Finally there is some joy as the ropes are removed from the calf elephant after it is pulled clear
A cousin from her herd calls to her and she makes a dash for freedom
The focus then turns to the mother elephant who is becoming tired after struggling for so long
Manpower would not be enough to pull the adult elephant from what would have been a muddy grave
After an inch by inch struggle, she eventually senses freedom and starts to scramble through the mud once more
She cries out for her baby and the herd who are waiting for her just beyond the trees
A little weak and wobbly, she makes her escape to the delight of everyone who helped
After the long struggle, the mother makes a dash towards her calf and waiting family

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