The Great Escape: Two wild elephants trapped in a ditch in Thailand team up smartly to help each other get to safety
- Elephants became trapped in a parched river in Rayong Province, Thailand
- Over the course of an hour, the elephants worked together to get back to safety
- The adorable moment when they climbed free was filmed by spectator Tanat Pitiporntapin
This is the adorable moment when two elephants help each other climb out of a muddy ditch in Thailand.
The pair of wild elephants were trapped in a parched pond in Rayong province, Thailand.
Unable to find their way out, the elephants worked together to find the best way out of their troubled situation.
One of the elephants puts his front legs on the edge of the slippery slope and on the grass above it, before his girlfriend gives him a gentle nudge in the back to try to get him out of the ditch.
But the great elephant slips back to where it started, their efforts in vain.
The two elephants were spotted in an abandoned garden on February 27 by spectator Tanat Pitiporntapin, who filmed the pair scrambling out of the ditch.
The larger male elephant struggles to find the best technique to get him and his friend out of the ditch.
He tries to scramble over the slippery ridge again, shifting and adjusting his heavy body before his legs buckle and he slides down again.
After finding his balance, the male elephant gets a good push and stretches over the edge of the ditch and places his front legs on the solid ground above.
Two wild elephants were trapped in a parched pond in Rayong Province, Thailand, unable to find a way out
The large male elephant climbed over the edge of the dry ditch and set its front legs on the solid ground above in preparation for a good push to try to get out of the ditch
The elephant puts itself precariously on top of the smooth ridge, but cannot get out completely without a little help from its friend. The couple spent more than an hour trying to get out
His friend downstairs pushes closer and places himself supportive under the male elephant, allowing him to climb dangerously over the ditch in a desperate attempt to get out.
It took the couple almost an hour to find a way out of the slippery ditch.
The female elephant downstairs nudges her friend in the ass as he pushes himself off his hind legs and up the ditch, eventually climbing out completely.
His girlfriend approached and cleverly nudged him on the back, allowing him to get up and successfully get out of the slippery ditch.
The female elephant then followed suit, clambered up the path her friend had left and sat on top of the ditch before the male elephant gave her a helpful tug to pull her over.
Good luck! After their joint efforts and problem-solving, the two wild elephants overcame their obstacle and were able to roam freely again
The smaller female elephant copies his technique and climbs over the exit created by her bumbling friend.
Perched on the edge of the ditch, the male elephant on top of her helps up and down with some crafty trunks and both manage to get themselves out and back to safety.
Pitiporntapin said, ‘These two elephants used to play in this garden, I saw them helping each other for almost an hour. It was amazing how the two elephants communicated with each other, almost as if they were telling each other how best to get out.