In an emotional reunion, a young elephant in China has been saved from a 12-hour ordeal in a pit and joyfully reunited with its mother.
The heartwarming rescue unfolded in the Yunnan Province, southwest of China. The calf had strayed from its herd, wandering into a local village and accidentally falling into a ground pit.
The rescue operation captured a poignant moment as the baby elephant, stuck in the pit during a challenging situation, was successfully extricated and brought back to safety with its mother.
Local authorities in the Simao district of Pu’er City became aware of the incident on October 17.
This district, home to around 120 wild Asian elephants since 1993, employs a dedicated patrol officer to monitor the elephants’ activities.
The patrol officer had observed the mother and calf foraging playfully for food in the same village earlier.
On that fateful night, a local farmer raised the alarm upon finding the young elephant trapped in a pit on his property.
Responding promptly to the alert, a rescue team comprising police officers and forest keepers rushed to the scene. One of the rescuers described discovering the calf in the pit, appearing lost and separated from its mother.
The decision was made to secure the young elephant overnight, prioritizing resident safety due to the pit’s depth.
The subsequent rescue operation occurred the following morning, concluding a 12-hour ordeal for the trapped calf.
Videos capturing the heartening reunion show three officers gently guiding the young elephant back to its family.
A comforting voice encourages the calf, saying, “Come on, let’s go. Let’s find your mommy and return to nature.”
Following the successful rescue, officials confirmed that the baby elephant seemed unharmed by its misadventure.
The careful handling of the situation ensured the residents’ safety and the young elephant’s well-being.
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