The following video shows a six-year-old female elephant that was dramatically rescued from a 30-ft dried-up well after struggling for six hours in a Tamil Nadu village. The whole rescue operation was documented through the photographs of Srivenu Gopal, a member of COPAL, an organisation engaged in conservation of natural resources and environment with community participation.
The elephant had fallen inside the parched well near Ullatii village near Rayakottai early morning, and she was desperately trying to get a foothold to climb out of it. After compromising with the woman owning the land, the Forest and Revenue officials were allowed to dig around the well to make way for the elephant to come out.
“These elephants come out of the forest at night in search of food. One of the elephants fell into the well in the darkness,” Mr Gopal said to The Logical Indian. “The place is approximately a couple of kilometres away from the rich forests of the eastern ghats,” he added.
After discussions, the rescue operation began at 11 am. They brought diggers and excavators to dig around the well. After six hours of digging, a makeshift ramp (slope) for the elephant was created. Using the ramp, the elephant came out herself at around 5 pm after few attempts.
Villagers also helped immensely in the rescue operation. They kept pouring water over the elephant to help keep it hydrated. The forest officials and doctors too were taking care of her by feeding banana tree bark, sugarcane and water.
The collaborative efforts of everyone saved the life of the gentle giant. As for the well, Mr Gopal said, “The forest department has promised the landowner that the well will be reconstructed in few days”.
The Logical Indian appreciates the efforts of the forest department and the villagers who helped save the elephant’s life.