Baby elephant rescued from Zimbabwe mud (Photo)

By on Nov 11, 2012 in Africa, Animals, Science, World Comments
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Baby elephant rescued in Zimbabwe
Image Credit: Caters News Agency

A baby elephant rescue was conducted along the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, according to a report by the Daily Mail on Friday, November 9, 2012.

The baby elephant was reportedly discovered stuck in a pool of mud by a group of tourist.

A rescue team reportedly reached the area with the elephant already deep down the mud up to its neck.

Rescuers estimated that the elephant may have been stucked in the mud for 12 hours. They needed about 200 liters of water to cool down the baby elephant and soften the mud.

According to Bradley White, a lodge owner in Victoria Falls, when they “arrived on the scene it was apparent that the young elephant had been trapped in the early hours of the evening before. Amazingly he survived at least 12 and a half hours of this tragedy before being seen.”

White explained that the incident is not new as “Elephants are particularly drawn to these areas and when moving toward the luscious vegetation, they become stuck and sink deep into the mud, causing them to dehydrate and loose blood circulation to their legs.”

Last month, a dramatic elephant rescue from a well was also conducted in Kenya.

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The baby elephant being pulled out from the pool of mud.
Image Credit: Caters News Agency

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