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Indian Villagers Rush to the Rescue of a Baby Elephant (Video)

Indian Villagers Rush to the Rescue of a Baby Elephant (Video)

Written by Stephen Messenger

All too often, along the blurry borders of civilization and the natural world, it can seem our presence must come at the detriment to local wildlife. But while there are indeed some people callused to empathy, there are still many more happy to prove that it’s a human instinct to be humane.

Earlier this week, a baby female elephant fell and became stuck in a muddy ditch while trailing her family in the Assam region of northern India. After hearing cries from the distressed animal, and noticing that its mother was unable to help, dozens of villagers nearby hurried to its rescue.

While it’s safe to say that the kindhearted locals were driven by empathy and compassion, thankfully a video has emerged to ensure that their show of altruism doesn’t go unnoticed by the world.

“All of the villagers came together to pull this elephant calf out of the ditch,” says one of the rescuers. “She was in bad condition and we could not bare the site of a baby dying in that ditch, and that’s why we rushed to pull her from the ditch.”

After the baby elephant was successfully pulled from the mud using ropes, village then helped to hoist the injured animal onto a truck to be transferred to a nearby wildlife rehabilitation center in the Kaziranga National Park.

Considering that a handful of poachers can make headlines for the damage the deaths they cause, it’s only fitting that the greater goodness of an entire village to save a life should not pass without applause.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.


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4:11AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

5:12PM PDT on May 28, 2013

Thanks for such a wonderful rescue!!!!!!!!!! Did the baby lived?

3:38AM PDT on May 25, 2013


9:27PM PDT on May 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing this article. It made me smile. :)

3:10PM PDT on May 20, 2013

Poor baby. I do hope it will be able to be returned to the wild.

12:55PM PDT on May 19, 2013

I'm so glad the baby elephant was rescued.

10:10PM PDT on May 18, 2013

It's nice to know that not everyone in that region of the worle will take advantage of an injured baby. I do hope that this baby was reunited with her mother. If her mother was around, the baby may have been reunited with her once she was healed. However, if the mothercould not be located, the baby may have either be living out her life at the center. Elephants are social animals. She probably would not do well released on her own.

4:31PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Thank you to everyone who rushed to save this precious little life .... I would love to know how the baby is and if she was able to be released safely to rejoin her family.

8:12AM PDT on May 17, 2013

They might be villagers but they are AWESOME people.

THANK YOU..!!!!!

1:05PM PDT on May 16, 2013

Thanks for sharing. Nice to see people in other countries rally to save an animals life.

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