START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
2,484,440 people care about Environment & Wildlife

Baby Elephant Rescued From Well (Video)

Baby Elephant Rescued From Well (Video)

Three conservationists from the Amboseli Trust for Elephants are heroes after they saved an 8-month-old elephant that had fallen into a man-made well in a Kenya national park and then reunited the calf with her mother. The heartwarming rescue operation was captured on video and has been viewed by thousands.

Volunteers in two jeeps rushed to the flats in the Amboseli National Park when they heard about the calf falling into a shallow well. They knew they had to act quickly before herders would arrive to water their cattle and force the mother elephant to abandon her baby. The wells which are dug by the Masai tribesmen who live around the national park have become an increasing problem between the animals and humans that share the land.

“The baby elephant was too small to crawl out on its own and would have died without the help of rescuers. If the elephant dies, it ruins the well, angering the Masai who live nearby,” reported the Associated Press.

Another elephant calf recently fell into the same well and its family was driven off by the tribesmen. The Amboseli Trust was able to save the calf and it is now living in an elephant orphanage in Nairobi.

The conservationists tied the calf to the bumper of one of the jeeps and after several tries, pulled her to safety. They herded her back to her mother, Zombe. The Amboseli Trust for Elephants has been studying elephant families since 1972 and immediately recognized Zombe as the calf’s mother.

Vicki Fishlock who filmed the ordeal said, “Relief! Rescues where family members are around are stressful, and I’m always happy when everyone is safely back in the cars. And I have to admit that the reunions always bring a tear to my eye. The intensity of their affection for each other is one of the things that makes elephants so special.”

 

Related Stories:

Can You Name What Is Different About This Dog?

5 Animals You Didn’t Know Can Sing

Over $76 Billion Endangered Species Costs

 

Read more: , , , , , ,

Photo Credit: Violator1

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

192 comments

+ add your own
9:25AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Great rescue !

8:52AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Thank God for people like these who will go above and beyond to help animals. I wish I had the money to reward all involved. We need much and many more people who have a compassion for animals.

10:13AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Thanks to everyone involved in saving this baby elephant!

11:27AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

great rescue thanks for sharing :)

3:51PM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

Heroes!

6:01AM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

Good work.

9:18PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Nice work - well done :)

8:22PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

god bless u guys.... really thank u!!!

3:09PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

cool blessingss

12:44PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

thankfully it ended well for all esp. the lil'one

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

Care2 - Be Extraordinary - Start a Care2 Petition
ads keep care2 free
CONTACT THE EDITORS

Recent Comments from Causes

“You have blatantly misconstrued the truth - the last 2 links I posted had no connection to Dr.…

Thank you for sharing!

P.: My compassion towards animals is particularly realistic! It is the religion of veganism that is…

ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK

Children

Civil Rights

Education

Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights

Politics

Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights




Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.