A baby elephant trapped in the mud but barely visible was taken to safety and reunited with its mother after tourists discovered its tiny trunk moving around.
The calf was spotted by tourists while driving in Tsavo East National Park in Kenya – its moving trunk is the only sign of life – and is believed to have been trapped deep in the mud pit for several hours.
Its mother, who tried but failed to save her child, watched teams from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), supported by DSWT / KWS Anti-Poaching, used Use the straps to pull the boy to safety.
The group took 30 minutes, but they finally free the elephant from the mud and reunite with its mother.
“Apparently, the calf has been there for hours,” said Angela Sheldrick, chief executive officer of DSWT.
“Clearly, the mother had stirred the mud long and hard; the mother desperately tried to pick up her calf, but in the end gave up and walked away.
“As the teams began to circle the water hole, a single female elephant returned to the place where everyone was gathered, rotated from a distance, agitated to raise her head and tail in the air, and immediately It is thought that she is the mother.
“She started signaling to men, concerned about what might happen to her child.
“Thankfully, this seems clumsy rather than full of intentions, and as if she doubts there can be a help.
“The operational teams quickly put the straps around the baby and, while the knees were deep in the mud, swelled and pulled until they could bring her to the stiffer edges of the water hole, finally bringing the baby was completely bogged down.
“At this point, the mother understood that her calf was being helped. By the time it was safely standing, it had run to her side.
“It was a joyous reunion, and it immediately started sucking when the rest of the flock came back for the celebration.
“Of course, these are the best stories that have such a happy ending, and the DSWT team is proud to have saved these children and returned them to their desperate mothers.
“Over the years, it has been the duty of us to participate in many such cases, successfully reuniting the calves with their mother and families.
“It’s not always possible, but it’s always a great joy when everything is going as it should and on this day, fortunately, the mother boldly returned as soon as she thought all hope was lost.”