In a dramatic rescue operation, a ten-year-old elephant calf was pulled out of a 70-feet deep well using a JCB machine, more than 24-hours after it had fallen in.
The calf was found in a dry but deep well on Tuesday night after a group of forest officials, who were patrolling the area around Govanur village in Tamil Nadu in southern India, heard anguished cries of the animal.
After closely following the source of the sound, they found the pachyderm helplessly stuck in the deep well.
A rescue team was launched early Wednesday morning but due to the depth of the well and the aggressive behaviour of the elephant, the operation couldn’t be completed until Thursday.
“We began the rescue operation at around 10 am but the operation couldn’t be completed on the same day due to the depth of the well and the elephant was not cooperating. We finally succeeded in taking it out from the well next day,” said , Palanivel Raja, the Periyanaickenpalayam forest range officer.
The elephant was later fed water and medicines hidden in jack fruits and then released into the wild.