Rescue
Elephant and her calf are rescued from manhole then rescuers perform CPR on unresponsive mom
Mama refused to leave her baby's side.
Ma Fatima Garcia
07.28.22

“I will never leave you.”

A promise of a mother to her child, even in danger, she will be there, risking her life, for her little one.

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Elephants may not talk, but the message was clear. The love between a mother elephant and her calf was unconditional.

These majestic animals will leave you breathless. Aside from their enormous size, they are capable of mourning and expressing love, and they also do not forget.

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Last July 15, a video went viral. It was a dramatic rescue of a mother elephant and her calf in Thailand.

Many volunteers, veterinarians, and national park staff gathered together last July 13, when they found out that a baby elephant fell into a muddy manhole in Nakhon Nayok, central Thailand.

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The rescuers even needed an excavator and a truck because of what happened.

A calf had fallen into a muddy manhole in Nakhon Nayok province. The mother and her calf were thought to be a part of a herd passing by.

The mother elephant was so worried about her baby that she stayed close to her child. Sadly, the calf wasn’t able to climb back up and was so scared. The mother never left her calf.

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When the rescuers got there, they saw how severe the situation was.

The rescuers were not able to go near the elephants because the mother was so stressed out. Their original plan failed, so they tranquilized the mother elephant instead.

After being tranquilized, half of the mother’s body also fell into the manhole.

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During that time, the calf was able to access her mother’s breasts, enabling her to suckle milk.

The poor calf might have been so hungry, cold, scared, and tired. Being able to be close to her mother for a while, drinking milk, must have comforted her.

Then, it was time to move the mother safely.

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They lifted the mother elephant and moved her to a safe location.

“It was impossible to get near the baby while the mother was nearby so we gave her three doses of tranquillizers but she moved towards her baby before passing out and hit her head,” said Dr. Chananya Kanchanasarak, one veterinarian at the Khao Yai National Park, said to NDTV,

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Unfortunately, since she hit her head, she became unconscious, and the volunteers quickly performed CPR. They had to climb to the elephant and jump.

While everyone was performing CPR, you could hear the calf screaming.

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She would try to get out of the manhole. Then she would see her unconscious mother, and she would cry and scream.

It was heartbreaking to hear the baby elephant so scared and screaming for her mother.

That is why the rescuers, using an excavator, were able to dig a pathway for the calf to climb back up.

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After climbing out, the calf ran to its mother, kissing her.

During this time, she regained consciousness, and we hear a voice asking all the rescuers to run away to avoid stressing the mother and calf.

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They hugged and according to the news reports; they were able to go back to their herd. Everyone clapped and expressed their happiness.

Watch the full video of the dramatic rescue here and don’t forget to share.

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By Ma Fatima Garcia
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Ma Fatima Garcia is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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