After heavy rain in Khao Yai national park, rescuers in Thailand, worked tirelessly to try help a baby elephant out of a mud ditch, while the mother had lost her will to live after failing to rescue baby, she had gone unconscious and collapsed.
The rescue took place in the pouring rain in central Nakhon Nayok province on Wednesday when a one-year-old elephant fell into a roadside drainage hole. The distressed mother stood guard over her calf, according to national park staff, but also fell in shortly after she was sedated. It took the team more than three hours to finish the operation.
Dr Chananya Kanchanasarak, Khao Yai national park Department vet, said:
“It was impossible to get near the baby while the mother was nearby,
so we gave her three doses of tranquillisers but she moved towards her
baby before passing out and hit her head.”
Rescuers used a truck with a mounted boom lift to pull the mother elephant out of the ditch before climbing on top of her to perform simultaneous cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), while a digger cleared away earth, so the anxious baby calf could climb out from the slippery mud.
When the calf was free, baby elephant ran to mother and began suckling, who soon regained consciousness, and both returned immediately to the wild.