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Elephant trapped in mud ditch rescued in Coorg

An elephant stuck in a ditch was rescued by forest officials in Coorg earlier this week and a video of the incident has gone viral on social media.

Sarabhai vs Sarabhai actor Satish Shah posted the nearly two-minute clip on Twitter on Wednesday and applauded the officials who rescued the elephant.

The elephant accidentally fell into the ditch and it was very difficult to climb out of because it was quite muddy. The animal slipped over and over as he tried to escape. The officials then used the JCB Loader to gently push the elephant and it finally managed to climb out.

As the elephant walked around the area after the rescue operation, officials cheered and set off firecrackers near the JCB Loader.

Some social media users objected to that, but Indian Forest Service officer Sudha Ramen explained that the cracker was exploded for a reason: “To direct the animal into the forest so that it doesn’t attack anyone due to stress.”

The video has gone viral with more than 34,000 views within hours of being posted online, and netizens praised the officials who rescued the elephant.

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