Watch: Elephant calf rescued after falling into ditch

Parveen Kaswan, an Indian Forest Service (IFS) official, has shared a video of the rescue of an elephant calf that has impressed netizens and animal lovers across the country.

Kaswan said authorities had been briefed on the elephant calf, which was stuck in a ditch as of 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Soon after, animal rescue teams gathered in the middle of the night trying to pull the young elephant out of the ditch. After four hours of hard work, the elephant calf was pulled out of the ditch at 5 a.m. and then led back to its herd.

Kaswan shared a short video of the rescue operation. In the video, it appears rescuers first widened the trench, which allowed them to approach the elephant calf and tie it down with ropes. Then they successfully raised the calf.

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Kaswan’s video has garnered more than 35,000 views and over 2,600 likes.

A Twitter user paid tribute to the rescue team’s hard work, writing: “The IFS team has worked like Mowgli in the ‘Jungle Book’. This reminds me exactly of the scene where Mowgli gains the trust of the jungle by helping the calf get out of the ditch at night. ”

Another person wrote: “What a satisfying job sir…God bless you and the team…and the elephant family…sure they would have blessed you in their own way.”

Elephant calves in the wild often fall into ditches and swamps. Some lucky animals get timely help from the forest service or other authorities and are rescued.

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