There are two age-old lessons we would like to highlight in today’s story: “Nothing compares to the love of a mother” and “It takes a village.”
In early 2015, Asian elephant and her calf were taking a stroll in the Chatra district of India when the calf fell into a deep ditch. The mother tried desperately to free her baby from the thick mud for nearly 11 hours. Unfortunately her efforts worsened the situation. Her large flat feet pushed more dirt into the hole, making it difficult for her to pull out her baby.
Villagers spotted the elephant and were eager to help. According to The Daily Mail, Jitendra Tiwari, a local who filmed the incident, they came up with a plan to distract the elephant with a cartful of bananas. During her short break, they were able to remove some of the extra dirt that fell into the hole.
See photos and a video of the mother’s rescue below.
An Elephant’s Journey Goes Awry
In Chatra district of India, this elephant’s journey was interrupted by an unexpected event, one that caused her a great deal of stress.
A Heart-wrenching Situation
As she was walking, her calf fell into a well. The baby elephant could not make its way out as the hole was too deep.
The Bond Between a Mother and Her Child is Unlike Any Other
According to the Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation, the “bond between a baby elephant and its mother can be correctly described as the closest of any animal on earth.”