By Taniya Dutta
This is the heartwarming moment a good Samaritan rescued an elephant calf hours after it got stuck in a swamp and collapsed due to exhaustion while struggling to free itself.
The calf had fallen into a pit clogged with silt near a forest area in Alur in southern state of Karnataka on Monday night.
The animal struggled whole night trying to make a way out for itself as its family patiently waited at a nearby patch of forest. But the help only came next morning when villagers heard its loud cried and informed forest officials for help.
A team of forest officials came with an excavator and tried to make a path for the calf to emerge out on its own. However, the animal was so exhausted with its attempts that it collapsed.
The driver controlling the machine then had to gently nudge the calf to push it out of the pit.
In the visuals, the elephant baby can be seen struggling hard to make its way out of the muddied pit but in vain. At one point, as the excavator approaches it, the elephant gives up trying and lies on the edge of the swamp.
The driver then gently nudges the animal from behind with the vehicle’s bucket and encourages it to stand up. The baby elephant musters courage and wishes itself out but funnily, turns its ire on the excavator forcing the driver to run away.
A loud cheer is then heard from the background as people burst into hooting for the elephant that swiftly runs into the wild.