A Heart-Melting Baby Elephant Rescue in Kenyan National Park

A Heart-Melting Baby Elephant Rescue in Kenyan National Park

When an eight-month-old baby elephant fell into a muddy watering hole at the Aboseli National Park in Kenya, a team of conservationists from Amboseli Trust for Elephants rushed to figure out a way to rescue the calf. Although she was just a baby and too small to climb out of the hole herself, the calf was too large for rescuers to lift out of the hole. Amboseli Trust for Elephants’ Vicki Fishlock used her Land Rover to force the calf’s mother away from the hole so that rescuers could reach the stranded elephant. After more than a half-hour, rescuers were able to finally get a rope around the calf and slowly pull her out of the hole.

They captured the rescue operation on video, which has a beautifully happy ending and rather hilarious off-camera commentary: “So this is Zombe’s calf, who we’re all delighted is so big and fat and healthy, until we have to pull her out of a hole!” After the rescue, Fishlock stated: “Relief! Rescues where family members are around are stressful, and I’m always happy when everyone is safely back in the cars. And I have to admit that the reunions always bring a tear to my eye. The intensity of their affection for each other is one of the things that makes elephants so special.”

Amboseli Trust for Elephants works to protect and study elephants in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. They have a fantastic YouTube channel documenting their work, and you can watch more animal videos from their Fauna series here.

A Heart-Melting Baby Elephant Rescue in Kenyan National Park

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OMG Hide, Run for Your Lives! The Dreaded Elephandas Are Loose and On a Rampage!

OMG Hide, Run for Your Lives! Dreaded Elephandas Are Loose and On a Rampage!

OMG!! Part elephant, part gigantic panda…this dreaded heard of Elephandas, the most menacing of beasts, has been unleashed onto the good peoples of Thailand!

Oooops…Wait, no. My mistake. Turns out, seems like after a couple of very too-popular panda baby thingees was borned in a Thailand zoo, the employees there got sick of everyone saying “panda this” and “panda that.” So they painted up a bunch of poor elephants to look like panda thngs to remind everyone that the elephant is still the national animal of Thailand. Or at least that if they forget that, maybe the dreaded Elephanda will be!!

Thanks to Gawker.

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