This Baby Elephant’s Life Was Endangered, but a Guardian Angel Stepped In

Published on November 2, 2021
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Elephants just might be the most majestic animals on the planet. They are massive and large, but they still have a gentle soul. You can see it in their eyes.

Those animals raised in captivity in zoos often see humans and aren’t afraid of them. Their human trainers give them plenty of love and food. However, wild elephants rarely have contact with humans, making them distrustful and hesitant when they’re together.

What happened when a herd of elephants in India required the help of a human village? Why were they in dire need? Was anyone injured? Find out below!

An Unfortunate Event

On one fateful day in India, a herd of wild elephants had to rely on humans to get out of a sticky situation. There was no other choice. The team of rescuers wasted no time, and the outcome was amazing and exciting.

An Unfortunate Event

An Unfortunate Event

Their Natural Habitat

In rural India, it’s not uncommon to see wild elephants roaming free. They rarely approach populated areas and like to steer clear of humans. Typically, the local community lives in harmony with these creatures because they respect their space.

Their Natural Habitat

Their Natural Habitat

Mutual Respect

The elephants tend to keep to themselves, so they don’t pose a significant threat to the villagers. With that, the community stays away from them. If the elephants ever felt threatened, they might trample the people and village!

Mutual Respect

Mutual Respect

The Herd Roams the Forest

A herd of elephants lived in the lush forest beside the Urulanthanni River at the southern tip of India. The workers learn to know them well because they march along the land. However, they never get close and only admire the majestic beasts from a distance.

The Herd Roams The Forest

The Herd Roams The Forest

A Mighty Thump

The ground often shakes throughout the village from the mighty thumps of this herd. They make their way through the forest of trees and sound like a freight train coming. Plus, they know this area well and understand what to do.

A Mighty Thump

A Mighty Thump

A New Experience

The herd always walked through the forest each day, but one day, they chose to cross the river. It happens from time to time, and the adults knew what to do. However, a baby elephant had never made the journey before and was nervous.

A New Experience

A New Experience

A Stressful Situation

As this herd made their way across this vast river, the baby of the group accidentally stumbled, falling into a muddy hole between the river and the land. This hole was much too deep, and the baby couldn’t climb out!

A Stressful Situation

A Stressful Situation

The Herd Is Distressed

When the herd saw what happened, they realized that this infant was in grave danger, and they were highly distressed. The hole was so small that the adults couldn’t get in to help this baby out!

The Herd Is Distressed

The Herd Is Distressed

The Infant Cried for Help

At the bottom of the pit, there was a thick layer of mud, which only seemed to make it worse. The baby could barely move; it was like he was planted in strong cement. He was scared and started braying loudly to call for help.

The Infant Cried For Help

The Infant Cried For Help

Feeling Helpless

The rest of the herd felt helpless as they watched the little guy struggle to gain his footing. He continued to bray, which broke the herd’s hearts. They knew they couldn’t stand around doing nothing; they had to help!

Feeling Helpless

Feeling Helpless

Calling for Help

This herd watched their infant fight for his life. While pacing up and down, they tried to find some way to rescue him. However, the hole was just too deep. They started making noises and crying for help, too.

Calling For Help

Calling For Help

Elephants Are Anxious

The elephants believed that the villagers could be alerted if they made a noise. Someone was bound to help them. However, it didn’t seem to work, which made them more agitated and anxious as the minutes slowly passed.

Elephants Are Anxious

Elephants Are Anxious

Fatigue Sets In

The baby was now exhausted and stressed beyond belief. Fatigue started to kick in, and he wanted to give up. This was hard for the adults to see. They were now desperate to find help, but they could only pace.

Fatigue Sets In

Fatigue Sets In

A Tough Spot

The old elephants knew that they couldn’t fit inside that hole to help the baby out. These are smart animals, so they realized they could make this situation worse if they tried.

A Tough Spot

A Tough Spot

A Serious Issue

The minutes slowly turned to hours, and the elephants knew that this was serious. Something must be done to save the baby because his energy was draining fast. His mom was already devastated, and this could break her.

A Serious Issue

A Serious Issue

Never Left Behind

These creatures are well-known for being compassionate. They look after each other and protect the herd. Everyone is important here, so they risk their lives when needed and don’t leave anyone behind if they get into trouble.

Never Left Behind

Never Left Behind

Heat Makes the Situation Worse

The situation was getting even worse now because the day was getting hotter. The elephants were helpless, which heightened their unease. All they could do was pace around, make noises, and wait for a miracle.

Heat Makes The Situation Worse

Heat Makes The Situation Worse

Stress Levels Rose

The sun was now beating down on the baby elephant, which made the mud in the hole cake up. This actually restricted the baby more, and he was very distressed. It looked like he might not get out of this bad situation!

Stress Levels Rose

Stress Levels Rose

This Elephant Needs Help

Hours had now passed, and the baby elephant was losing a lot of energy. He was fading quickly, and the heat made it all worse. The adults felt like help might never come. Overall, it seemed inevitable that this must end heart-wrenchingly.

This Elephant Needs Help

This Elephant Needs Help

An Unbearable Scenario

There was nothing the adult elephants could do, but they couldn’t leave. Therefore, they stood around the hole, circling it. The baby was losing consciousness and closed his eyes. That made the herd start screaming, which sounded like thunder.

An Unbearable Scenario

An Unbearable Scenario

They Tried One More Time

They were not willing to give up, and they sent out a loud warning signal once more to see if someone might come to help. This deafening cry was so heartbreaking to hear; it couldn’t be ignored!

They Tried One More Time

They Tried One More Time

Warning Cries in the Forest

Seeing the youngest member of their herd in danger set them off, and they made the loudest cry they could. It sounded like tons of trumpets blowing in unison. Anyone nearby had to have heard it!

Warning Cries In The Forest

Warning Cries In The Forest

A Sound Transcending the Language Barrier

Humans can’t understand animals, but the distress sounds the elephants were making could be understood by all species. They were crying out to get help to rescue their baby from the muddy hole.

A Sound Transcending The Language Barrier

A Sound Transcending The Language Barrier

Waiting for the Miracle

Now, the elephants realized that anyone who came to help was welcome, even if they’re from a different species. It was as if they had been waiting for a guardian angel or miracle. They continued bellowing.

Waiting For The Miracle

Waiting For The Miracle

Trumpet Sounds for Hope

The baby was almost ready to give up, but the trumpet sounds from the herd gave him some renewed strength to hold on. He heard the concern in their voices and couldn’t give up. He had to wait until help arrived!

Trumpet Sounds For Hope

Trumpet Sounds For Hope

Another Attempt to Climb Out

With this renewed strength, the baby elephant tried getting himself out of the hole again. His legs tried, but it didn’t work. The mud just couldn’t let him go enough, and he slumped back, defeated.

Another Attempt To Climb Out

Another Attempt To Climb Out

That’s a Strange Sound

The villagers heard an unusual sound but didn’t know where or what it was. Some thought that it was nothing to worry about, and others believed it was loud music from another village.

That's A Strange Sound

That’s A Strange Sound

Persistent Sounds Raised the Alarm

That noise kept sounding and was very loud. The villagers were alarmed because it was so unusual. They weren’t sure what it was, but they ultimately had to investigate and find out!

Persistent Sounds Raised The Alarm

Persistent Sounds Raised The Alarm

Something Revealed

Overall, the villagers were afraid of what they might see if they followed the noise. It sounded like it came from the forest, but that was a great distance away. Some brave villagers chose to investigate!

Something Revealed

Something Revealed

The Realization

When the villagers got to the bend in the river, they noticed that it was the elephants making the noise. Now that they were so close, it was deafening and hard to handle. They wondered why the elephants were so loud.

The Realization

The Realization

The Reason for the Noise

In the past, elephants in the area had encounters with leopards within the forest. Were they warning the villagers about the ferocious predator that was now cornered? Though the people feared for their safety, they continued on and were extra cautious.

The Reason For The Noise

The Reason For The Noise

Getting to the Bottom

The villagers knew that if a leopard was around, their lives were in danger. However, they had to know what was causing the elephants that much distress. They continued on to see for themselves what this commotion was about.

Getting To The Bottom

Getting To The Bottom

Curiosity Over Fear

They were very scared, but their curiosity reigned supreme, and they decided to march on. Then, they looked back and saw the rest of the villagers following them. With the brave ones in front, everyone went to see what was happening.

Curiosity Over Fear

Curiosity Over Fear

It Wasn’t in Vain

In the meantime, the elephants knew that their cries for help were heard by others; help was on the way. Under normal circumstances, the villagers could never approach the wild elephants, but this wasn’t an ordinary situation.

It Wasn't In Vain

It Wasn’t In Vain

Territorial Instincts Kicked In

Normally, the elephants are very territorial about their land and attack humans to defend it if they are threatened. However, these wild creatures instinctively knew that the humans were only there to help. They were relieved to see them!

Territorial Instincts Kicked In

Territorial Instincts Kicked In

At a Loss for Words

As the villagers got closer, they noticed a tiny elephant trying to get free. No one could believe what they saw because the rest of the herd was now surrounding them. However, they realized they couldn’t pull the baby out by hand.

At A Loss For Words

At A Loss For Words

Calling the Authorities

The villagers had no resources to help pull the baby elephant out. Therefore, they called the authorities. They couldn’t let this baby die in the hole and not try to assist. The authorities must have the right equipment!

Calling The Authorities

Calling The Authorities

There’s No Time

The baby elephant was now beyond exhausted because he had been in the hole for many hours. He was lifeless at the bottom and seemed to welcome the end. Locals decided to go get more help.

There's No Time

There’s No Time

Night Falls

Night quickly fell, but the herd stayed with the baby. Some locals chose to wait for help to arrive. Each second that passed was crucial, and everyone hoped that the baby could wait until officials came with the right equipment.

Night Falls

Night Falls

Help Was on the Way

Everyone noticed a caravan of cars on the way to help. It brought much joy to the herd and locals! When the team got there, they could start rescuing the baby, and this ordeal could be over soon.

Help Was On The Way

Help Was On The Way

Locals and Officials Arrive to Help

The locals also wanted to help the baby elephant, but they had to let the rescue team set up to get to work. After all, the safe removal of the elephant was the top priority. Plus, the other elephants were agitated and wanted this ordeal to be over.

Locals And Officials Arrive To Help

Locals And Officials Arrive To Help

The Rescue Team Needs Room

The team that came to help was part of the Forest and Wildlife Department. To complete their rescue mission successfully, they needed to assess the situation. Therefore, the elephants and locals were redirected elsewhere.

The Rescue Team Needs Room

The Rescue Team Needs Room

Bigger Equipment Needed

Quickly, the rescue team realized that this wasn’t likely to be an easy operation. They needed bigger equipment to get the baby elephant out of the hole. That meant one of the officials must go to town to get it.

Bigger Equipment Needed

Bigger Equipment Needed

The Agonizing Wait

The baby had to wait for more help to come. One official organized things in town and then sent a team to the forest. However, a few officials and locals stayed with the baby. Soon, the night became day again, and the rescue began.

The Agonizing Wait

The Agonizing Wait

Heavy Duty Reinforcements

Now, the officials who stayed behind were exhausted and impatient to get things going. The other rescue team finally arrived and brought with them a giant excavator. This could definitely work and rescue the baby elephant!

Heavy Duty Reinforcements

Heavy Duty Reinforcements

Must Be Careful

The team arrived with the digger and tools, but they realized that they had to be careful. Otherwise, they might hurt the baby with the machine while trying to rescue him. This was sure to be a risky situation.

Must Be Careful

Must Be Careful

They Must Try

This baby had already been in the hole for about 24 hours, and now it was 7 a.m. the next day. The herd of elephants were quite anxious and wanted their baby to be safe and on land again.

They Must Try

They Must Try

The Experts Are Ready Now

The rescue mission was sure to take hours, so they had to ensure that the crowd and elephants were out of the way so that they could work. They used the excavating machine to make a pathway for the baby elephant to climb out.

The Experts Are Ready Now

The Experts Are Ready Now

The Baby’s Safety Is Paramount

Overall, the rescue team had to be careful, so they didn’t harm the elephant with the machine while digging around him. Space was limited, so they needed to make sure that the removed mud didn’t go back into the hole.

The Baby's Safety Is Paramount

The Baby’s Safety Is Paramount

Community Effort

When the rescue mission started, a few strong villagers got involved. It was now a collective effort. Those who couldn’t dig were getting refreshments for the officers and crowd. However, the elephant herd was still anxiously watching.

Community Effort

Community Effort

Something Unexpected Happens

The excavator was digging out the mud, but then, there was a bang and the machine stopped working. The operator tried restarting it but wasn’t successful. In fact, the engine was smoking, and it overheated!

Something Unexpected Happens

Something Unexpected Happens

The Rescue Is Put on Hold

They had to stop the machine to figure out what was wrong with the engine. Luckily, the locals knew what to do and got to it immediately. They realized they had to hurry because this baby elephant was more distressed now!

The Rescue Is Put On Hold

The Rescue Is Put On Hold

A Successful Engine Repair

Finally, after about an hour, the engine was repaired. The elephants were quite happy that the rescue mission was continuing again. They trumpeted and stomped again. That’s why the locals were careful not to get hurt.

A Successful Engine Repair

A Successful Engine Repair

Digging Continues

The digging continued, and there was a pathway smooth enough for the baby elephant to climb out. However, they realized he might not have the energy to do it. Plus, they couldn’t rush because the engine might overheat again.

Digging Continues

Digging Continues

The Baby Elephant Is Rescued

The poor elephant was very exhausted and didn’t have the energy to climb out of the hole himself. He cried out weakly, and his mom rushed to his rescue. It was scary but heartwarming, too.

The Baby Elephant Is Rescued

The Baby Elephant Is Rescued

Mom Helped Her Baby

The mama elephant was happy to help her baby out of this terrible hole after all those hours. The emotions in the air were palpable because the crowd was cheering, and the herd was trumpeting.

Mom Helped Her Baby

Mom Helped Her Baby

An Emotional Ending

The herd was now circling the baby and his mom. They were all so happy that he wasn’t hurt and was safe. In fact, they flapped their ears to celebrate, showing everyone how loyal these creatures are.

An Emotional Ending

An Emotional Ending

They Continue Their Journey

They hadn’t eaten this entire time, but they continued their journey. The baby elephant needed water and food to keep going. This time, they used caution and helped the little guy get across the river.

They Continue Their Journey

They Continue Their Journey

The Act of Gratitude

The elephants got across the river and started walking to the forest. However, they stopped suddenly, turned around, and faced the crowd. They started trumpeting again to show their gratitude!

The Act Of Gratitude

The Act Of Gratitude

Never Forget That Day

No one in the village could forget that day. It started out like all the others, but it was truly unforgettable. They got to witness these beautiful creatures being so loyal and loving to all involved.

Never Forget That Day

Never Forget That Day