This little baby elephant discovered it was too small to climb out of a human-made waterhole after getting stuck while quenching its thirst.
And when the mother failed miserably to pull her baby to safety, the outcome wasn’t looking good.
Luckily, help wasn’t far away; the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust came to rescue when they flew in a chopper and successfully pulled the baby to safety.
The footage was shot by a couple from Switzerland, during a trip to Sentrim Lodge in Tsavo East, near Voi, Kenya.
Christian who shot the video said:
Margit had asked staff at the camp if there were any animals at the waterhole.
Staff told us there was a tiny baby elephant there – when we got there we could see immediately there was a big problem.
The baby elephant must have been too curious or thirsty, and made a big step into the cement basin waterhole.
Unfortunately, the rim was too high for the baby’s legs, and elephants can’t jump.
At a certain age they can stand on their back legs, but this baby was too small to do this – so the cement basin turned into a trap for this animal.
It was easily 35 degrees, and the sun was burning on the tiny little elephant – it was in danger of sunburn or sun stroke, as most of the time they are in the shade of their mothers or other members of the herd.
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I have to admit. I do love a happy ending.