By Taniya Dutta
Heroic rescuers saved a drowning elephant who was stuck for nine hours in a deep canal in Sri Lanka.
The adult elephant had fallen into a canal in Pibhuraththewa on Monday night and was spotted by villagers early next morning.
After they raised an alarm, a team of wildlife officials rushed in for help and used firecrackers, ropes and tyres to rescue the wild beast from drowning.
Dramatic footage recorded on mobile cameras show the moment villagers stood with twigs and sticks in hand and signalling directions to the conservationists as a neck-deep elephant comes drowning towards them.
As soon as it approaches the bridge, the officials burst fireworks to scare it and move it away to the shore.
Once the elephant reaches the shore, it wisely uses the branches of trees that had been laid for help.
However, despite many attempts the elephant failed to hold the branch.
Rescuers then threw ropes with tyres tied to it. Luckily, the animal could get the grip this time and pulled itself out of the water.
In the video, the animal can be seen making efforts to get out of the water but slips several times before finally standing up.
But once it walks out, the elephant gives a ‘thanksgiving’ look to the cheering crowd and runs swiftly towards the nearby jungle.