By Bilal Kuchay
This is the heartwarming moment, a mother elephant is helping her calf to come out of a 17ft well hours after they had fallen into it.
Three elephants, including a calf, had accidentally fallen into the well in Kadambur forest area in Sathyamangalam in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday night.
The elephants were found in the well by villagers on Wednesday morning after they heard them trumpeting.
They informed the local forest department, after which a team of forest officials rushed to the spot to rescue the animals.
A local farmer named Mardawal, who owns the well, said: “I was on a routine visit to my field on Wednesday morning when I heard the elephants trumpeting from the well. I immediately informed other villagers after which a team of forest officials was called to rescue the animals.
“It seems the elephants had ventured into the area in search of water.
“The calf might had accidentally fallen into the well after which the other two elephants had got into the well to help the baby elephant.”
Visuals show rescuers digging the land around the well using earth movers to carve out a slope to help the elephants climb out of it.
Once the slope was made, the elephants came out of the well on their own.
However, visuals show the mother elephant helping the calf to come out of the well while pushing it from behind.
It took the team nearly six hours to rescue the elephants.
Scores of people had gathered around the well to watch the rescue operation.
Luckily, none of the elephants had any injuries and within minutes after the rescue operation, the tuskers rushed back into the forest.