A heroic rescue operation for a female elephant and her baby who fell in a ditch in Thailand

14 July, 2022
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A heroic rescue operation for a female elephant and her baby who fell in a ditch in Thailand

Veterinarians and zoo staff in Thailand participated in a dramatic rescue of a female elephant and her baby using a crane, a bulldozer and three person resuscitations for the unconscious mother.


The rescue operation took place under heavy rain in the central province of Nakhon Nayok on Wednesday, after a one-year-old baby elephant fell into a roadside drainage hole.


The female elephant, Hera, stood on the hole watching her baby, and National Park staff said they had to sedate her to avoid the danger of an attack on them and to save the baby, but she also fell into the same hole shortly after she was drugged. Rescuers used a truck-mounted crane to pull the mother out of the pit and then climbed over her to perform heart resuscitation, as the excavator shoveled the ground so the anxious little baby could emerge down the muddy slope.


After he was rescued, the infant latched onto his mother's breast, who immediately awoke and returned to the wilderness together.


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