Rescuers Spend 6 Hours Building Ramp To Save Terrified Baby Elephant Trapped In 30-Foot Well

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Senior Editor of Branded Content at Wild Sky Media. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Woman's World. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law & Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

A baby elephant was traveling with its herd through a forest in southern India when he fell into a well.

The herd of 50 was passing nearby a farm, and 10 elephants separated from the group. While they were walking, the little one slipped into the farm’s well.

The terrified baby elephant frantically tried to get out of the well. Other members of the herd stuck around to watch the baby but eventually left.

Luckily, villagers noticed the young elephant in the well and alerted forest officials. Once forest officials were informed of the situation, they brought excavators to the scene.

For six hours, rescuers dug into the well, creating a ramp for the elephant. Finally, the rescuers were close enough to the base of the well to start filling it in.

The poor elephant had spent hours away from his herd and was visibly confused and disoriented. Luckily, people were looking out for him.

In the video below, watch as excavators dump dirt toward the elephant, building up enough ground for him to reach the ramp they’d built.

Onlookers watched as the rescuers made their final moves to free the pachyderm. Eventually, after hours of being trapped, the baby elephant was able to make it out of the well. As he took his first steps outside of the well, onlookers broke into applause.

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