A heart-warming video clip has been released of an elephant calf being rescued from a water trench using an excavator.
The four-year-old male calf, that fell into a water trench on Friday morning, was rescued and united with its herd the same day in Tamil Nadu, India.
The villagers had spotted the herd rampaging through their farmlands, feasting and destroying crops.
‘After eating to their heart’s content, the elephants went to the water tank to drink. That is when the incident happened,’ said a villager.
Acting on the information, a forest ranger team tried to drive the wild elephants back to the reserve forest area by bursting crackers.
While fleeing, the youngest elephant fell in the tank and started trumpeting as it could not climb out.
Moved by his plight, the officials tried to rescue the calf with an excavator.
A forest ranger said: ‘The water tank was constructed by a private firm that owned the agricultural land.
‘The tank was constructed for wild animals to serve as a watering hole, and the private firm had employed staff to fill the tank daily.’
He added: ‘Before starting the rescue operation, we scared away elder elephants by bursting crackers and then broke open the water tank using an earth mover.
‘The four-year-old calf was rescued and reunited with its family.’