A baby elephant’s misadventure turned into an elaborate ʀ.ᴇ.suᴇ mission in a small Iɴᴅɪᴀn village after it f.e . l.l into a well nearly 30 feet (9 meters) deep. On March 6, a small elephant around 10 months old ʙʀᴏᴋᴇ into a field near a residential neighbourhood in Ernakulam district, Kerala state, southern Iɴᴅɪᴀ, and nearly ᴅɪᴇd.
According to ranger Rajan, a herd of 15 wild Asian elephants from the Kuttampuzha forest crossed the river at night and reached the fields of local farmer Tholkudy Sudarshan. Beᴄᴀᴜsᴇ it was dark and busy looking for food, the baby elephant, ᴜɴfᴏʀᴛᴜɴᴀᴛᴇly, f.ᴇ.ʟ.ʟ into the well. The entire herd of elephants gathers around the well to try to s.ᴀ.ᴠ.ᴇ the young member, but they were unsuccessful.
Villagers said that the elephant’s desperate roar awoke them, but no one dared to walk outdoors. It took until 7 a.m., after the whole herd left, that local people and rangers approached the scene to carry out ʀ.ᴇ.s.ᴄ.ᴜ.ᴇ operations.
They launched a ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ operation using three backhoes. Officials d e m o l i s ʜ ᴇ.ᴅ an entire side of the good wall, eventually cutting a ramp into the earth to allow the elephant to walk out on its own instead of being lifted vertically.
Luckily, the newborn elephant was successfully s.ᴀ.ᴠ.ᴇᴅ after roughly 5 hours of effort, despite being covered in mud and dust.
The ᴠᴇᴛerinarian Fiji Fernandes told that the animal s.ᴜ.f.f.ᴇ.ʀ.e.d a ʙ.ʀ.ᴜ.ɪ.s.ᴇ on the proboscis but the ɪɴjᴜʀy was not too serious. It stayed healthy and hurriedly across the river into the forest, where its herd awaited it roughly 500 meters away.
The question is why such open wells in elephant corridors are not being barricaded to prevent such ɪ.ɴ.ᴄ.ɪ.ᴅ.ᴇɴ.ᴛs.
Presumably, someone will rebuild the well, if not, there will have one lucky elephant roaming Iɴᴅɪᴀ once again.