Baby elephant is rescued from a mud pool by an anti-poaching group after being immersed in enormous heat for two days
- Baby elephant is trapped in a mud pool on the side of Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
- The ailing mother tried frantically to scrape mud away in the rising heat
- Anti-poaching team, Bumi Hills Foundation, anesthetized mother to get close to the baby
- After 30 minutes of digging the team drags the animal with rope out of the mud
A baby elephant is rescued by an anti-poaching group after being locked up in a mud pool for two days.
A team from the anti-poaching group, Bumi Hills Foundation, went over Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe, to save the mammal after fishermen reported the incident.
Footage captures the baby elephant immersed in the well while his mother scrapes the mud with his foot.
The ailing mother fervently tries to dig her child out while struggling to keep his head above the sticky mud.
The legs of the baby elephant were completely submerged in the mud pool on the side of Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Rescuers from the anti-poaching group, Bumi Hills Foundation, sailed over the lake by boat. The ailing mother elephant, however, splashed her trunk in the water as she defensively focused on the group
In an attempt to calm the mother, the team stunned her with a dart gun. To cool the couple down, the rescuers pour cold water and put wet towels over their skin
The team tries with their hands to wrestle the baby elephant from the sticky mud at the lake
The rescuers approach the mother in a boat, but the ailing elephant rushes to the group and splashes her trunk in the lake.
The locals reported seeing the captive elephant two days earlier, but the remote location proved difficult to spread the word.
Rescuers are forced to immobilize the mother with a dart gun to stun her, allowing them to get close to the baby.
More from the team comes to the rescue and uses spades to free the frightened animal after being imprisoned there for two days
As the mother rolls in the mud, the team spray her with cold water and lay wet towels on her trunk in a desperate attempt to cool her down.
The team digs the baby elephant free with the help of spades while these trumpets signal distress.
After 30 minutes of digging, the baby is pulled out of the mud with ropes tied around his belly.
The team continues to pour cold water over his mother and desperately tries to scrape mud off the elephant's body
They tie a rope around the mammal's body and drag it out of the mud in a final attempt to save the elephant
Triumphant! The mother elephant stumbles to her feet after being sedated to find her offspring free from the mud. She walks into the bushes behind with her baby in tow
The group controls the mother as she stumbles to her feet and walks into the bushes with her child.
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