In a heartwarming incident, residents of Ramakuppan village in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India, came together to rescue a baby elephant that had fallen into a 30-foot-deep well.
The one-year-old calf, part of a 25-member herd, accidentally fell into the dry well during a nighttime stroll through the village.
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The distressed calf’s cries alerted the locals, who immediately informed the Forest Department.
Before the rescue operation commenced, officials first had to divert the elephant herd to ensure a safe rescue. Video footage captures the frightened calf circling the well’s bottom and attempting to climb the walls.
With the combined efforts of villagers and Forest Department officials, an excavator was brought in to create a sloped path for the baby elephant to climb. Upon reaching the top, the calf was greeted with cheers and whistles from the overjoyed villagers.
The frightened baby elephant, now free, momentarily caused a stir as it chased the locals, but no harm came to either party. Fortunately, the young elephant suffered no injuries and was soon reunited with its herd, marking a successful end to the rescue operation.
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