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In a heartwarming rescue effort, a mother elephant and her calf were saved after falling into a golf course drain. The incident occurred during a storm in Nakhon Nayok province, Thailand, on July 13. Due to the muddy and wet conditions, the elephants slipped into the 7-foot-deep hole.
Rescuing the distressed elephants proved challenging due to the torrential monsoon conditions during the rainy season. The mother elephant, a 10-year-old, was standing over her calf in an attempt to protect him when wildlife volunteers tranquilized her. However, she accidentally hit her head on the ledge of the concrete structure and became unconscious.
Concerned veterinarians immediately administered CPR to revive the elephant after she was pulled out of the hole with the help of a crane. Dramatic footage captured three vets applying pressure to the elephant’s chest to resuscitate her.
Following the successful rescue of the mother, the one-year-old calf was also freed. The entire rescue operation took over three hours to complete.
Dr. Chananya Kanchanasarak, a veterinarian from Khao Yai National Park Department, explained that it was initially impossible to approach the calf while the mother was nearby. They tranquilized the mother three times, but she moved toward her baby before passing out and hitting her head.
The park rangers feared that the mother might call for help from the nearby herd of 30 elephants if they attempted to pull the baby free. Instead, they waited for the veterinarians to arrive. A temporary barrier was set up to prevent the herd from approaching the mother and calf.
The veterinarians were relieved to discover that the baby elephant had managed to suckle milk from the mother while she was unconscious in the hole.
A crane was used to lift the animals out of the drain, after which the veterinarians focused on reviving the mother. Once she touched solid ground, three vets applied pressure to revive her and treated her for a potential head injury from the fall.
Fortunately, the mother regained consciousness, and the park rangers and veterinarians watched with delight as the mother and calf reunited. The two elephants then disappeared into the forest.
Dr. Chananya expressed her gratitude, stating that both the mother and baby were safe. She thanked everyone involved in the rescue for their hard work. Thailand is home to an estimated 4,000 elephants, with approximately half of them living in captivity in animal camps, zoos, and sanctuaries, while the rest roam in national wildlife parks. This rescue was considered one of the most memorable and touching experiences for the rescue team.