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Baby Elephant Rescued from Well

October 5, 2009 · By Angela Render

Increased ivory poaching and individual cases of captive elephant mistreatment aside, not all’s bad in the realm of humans vs elephants. Case in point, ElephantVoices reported that a baby elephant was rescued from a well on September 17, 2009 (see “Amboseli elephant baby stuck in well – and then to orphanage“). The locals reported that the 350 pound baby had been stuck since the night before.

Before proceeding with the extraction, the group searched for the elephant’s family. Elephants can be very defensive of their young and if the baby called for help while being removed from the hole, all rescuers involved could have been in a lot of danger. Unsuccessful in their attempt to locate the family and concerned that the baby would hurt itself, the group moved in with ropes. Carefully lifting it by its belly, they were able to free the elephant. The now orphaned elephant was taken in by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Orphans Project in Nairobi, who sent a plane to bring the baby elephant to its new home.

We all hope the little elephant prospers.

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