Elephants rescue calf trapped in water tank, watch video
Mettupalayam: An elephant calf which was roaming along with a herd of wild elephants was trapped in a water tank for hours here on Sunday. Finally, the adult elephants in the herd rescued it.
The two-month-old calf in the five-member herd got trapped in the water tank near timber depot of the forest department at Mettupalayam. Wild elephants arrive in the spot every day to drink water.
The water tank has a depth of 3 feet. Another water tank of 1.5 feet is also situated close to this tank.
The calf fell into the water tank when another elephant pushed it while drinking water. The watchers on duty here also ignored the incident as the elephants are regular visitors. But after long hours, they noticed that the elephant herd was struggling to rescue the baby elephant. Elephants one by one were seen engaged in attempts to rescue it.
Amidst this, Mettupalayam forest ranger Selvarajan and team arrived the spot with a JCB and lorry to rescue the animal. But they aborted the mission as the elephants shooed them away.
“By 8 pm, one of the elephants turned successful in rescuing the calf. The elephants were engaged in the rescue mission for more than 3 hours and the little one was struggling in the water,” said the forest ranger.