Elephants help rescue effort

An elephant in India hurt his leg and became stuck in swamp waters.  Local villagers have been bringing the wild elephant food.  They have ridden their domestic elephants into the murky water to deliver supplies.  Now a team of rangers and vets have arrived to free the elephant and fix the leg.

One of the most touching aspects of this story is that the domestic elephants showed great compassion for their fallen wild friend.  They intertwined trunks for extended periods of time, an act usually reserved only for friendly family members.

From ABC News:

Indian veterinarians are treating a 10-year-old wild elephant with an injured leg to help it escape from a marshy area where it has been stuck for at least five days.

The state Forest and Environment Ministry said forest rangers are bringing domesticated elephants to help rescue the trapped male elephant in Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary, 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.

Sadly, more elephants are becoming trapped (and often die) in wells or dangerous waters.  This is due to climate change – wild elephants are going into unchartered territory to search for water and food.

 

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