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Elephant has a ‘mir.aculous escape’ after being swept FIVE MILES out to sea

An elephant has been rescued after it was spotted desperately keeping its trunk above water while swimming five miles out to sea.

The rescue, which took 12 hours and involved the Sri Lankan navy, has been hailed as a ‘mir.aculous escape’ for the giant mammal.

Navy spokesman Chaminda Walakuluge said the navy mounted the mission after spotting the elephant struggling to stay afloat off the island’s northeast coast.

Divers aided by wildlife officials approached the distressed animal and tied ropes to it, pictured, before towing it gently to shallow waters near the coast, where it was released late yesterday

Divers aided by wildlife officials approached the distressed animal and tied ropes to it before towing it gently to shallow waters near the coast, where it was released late on Tuesday.

Mr. Walakuluge said the animal had likely got swept into the sea while crossing the Kokkilai lagoon, a large stretch of water that lies between two areas of the jungle.

He said: ‘They usually wade through shallow waters or even swim across to take a shortcut.’

‘It is a mir.aculous escape for the elephant.’

The elephant can be seen in the foreground poking its trunk above water while, in the background, the Sri Lankan navy rides to its rescue

Photos posted on the navy’s website show the animal trying to keep its trunk above the water as divers approached it.

The rescue came six weeks after the navy and local residents saved a pod of 20 pilot whales who became stranded in nearby Trincomalee, a natural harbor that is popular for whale watching.

Sri Lanka Navy divers trying to tie a rope around an elephant, pictured, who had strayed away into the open sea and tried to stay afloat off the East coast of the island. The elephant was safely pulled to shore

The waters around Trincomalee, which was used by Allied forces as a staging post during W.o.r.l.d W.a.r II, have a high concentration of blue and sperm whales, while the surrounding jungles have herds of wild elephants.

By AFP/Daily Mail

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