Baby elephant and mother rescued from drain hole in Thailand’s national park in dramatic video – National

Park authorities and veterinarians in Thailand carried out a heroic rescue after two elephants became stuck in a drain hole in Khao Yai National Park on Wednesday.

The rescue involved a hydraulic hoist, a backhoe and resuscitation of the sedated mother elephant after her one-year-old calf fell to the bottom of a road drain at the edge of the Royals Hills golf course in Nakhon Nayok province.

The mother and baby elephant are believed to be part of a herd that traveled through the area – but the dutiful mother stayed behind with her child after it got stuck. They were spotted in a state of distress by a passing resident who quickly notified park officials, CBS reported.

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In the pouring rain, the two-meter-deep pit was too steep for the baby elephant to climb out, and the agitated mother made rescue difficult for the crew.

The rescue team made the decision to sedate the mother to retrieve the baby elephant, but she too fell into the hole shortly thereafter.

“It was impossible to approach the baby while the mother was around, so we gave her three doses of sedatives, but she moved toward her baby before passing out and hitting her head,” said Dr. Chananya Kanchanasarak, a veterinarian at Khao Yai National Park. said Sky News.

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There was a silver lining to this setback, however, as the elephant calf was able to feed off its unconscious mother, who was half in and half out of the pit.

A truck-mounted scissor lift was pulled up to pull the mother out before a backhoe could clear a path in the mud for the elephant calf to climb out of the drain hole.

Three rescuers performed CPR on the mother elephant after she was lifted out of the hole, with a crew member jumping up and down on her chest to wake the unconscious giant.

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The Guardian reports that the calf began nursing its mother and the couple returned to the wild after the three-hour rescue operation, shaken but unharmed.

Chananya said it was “one of the most memorable rescues we’ve ever done.”

In 2019, six elephants, including a three-year-old calf, died in the same national park in Thailand after falling into a waterfall.

About 300 wild elephants live in the park, which stretches over 2,000 square kilometers of forest and grassland.

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