Park rangers in northeastern Thailand have just rescued six baby elephants who were trapped in a mud hole.
On Wednesday afternoon, the elephant calves were struggling to climb the pit’s slippery banks. After that, the park rangers came to rescue them. Some of the rangers went to get help, others spent all night with them.
One day after, all the elephants were wallowed at one side of the pit. The rangers spent four hours using hoes and pickaxes to dig out enough mud at the other side to help them climb out of the muck. One elephant can be seen to struggle, slip and fall, but finally all rangers make it out of the muck.
Elephants are the official national animals of Thailand. But their natural habitat and their number have been reduced. Beside the development, the other reasons are their raidings for food, especially sugar cane on farmers’ fields. Moreover, some people are killed by mad elephants each year, such as a driver was killed and his car was destroyed because he struck an elephant’s back leg when it wandered out of the jungle.