By Mark McConville
A BABY elephant has been rescued from a well after his screams drew the attention of villagers who used a digger to create an exit.
The heart-warming video shows a Forest Department official forging a path through the soil for the elephant to climb out of the hole he’d fell into.
Other pictures show the elephant languishing at the bottom of the brick-wall well before the digger smashed a hole into it to let him escape.
The footage of the rescue was filmed in the Dhenkanal district of Odisha in India near Mahulupuju village.
“I was informed by the squad who track the movement of elephants in that area,” said Divisional Forest Officer, Rinku Kumari.
“I immediately took action to rescue the baby elephant. It took several hours to rescue this little elephant.
“I am elated that the whole team cooperated well during the entire operation. I have undertaken several rescue operations in my career but this was a difficult one.”
Villagers had heard the screams of the elephant after it fell into the well which has been covered with bushes.
They immediately alerted the forest department who brought in the JCB machine after realising the well was so narrow that the elephant could not be lifted out with the help of a rope.
Forest department staff used the JCB to create a path by digging along the well and from which the elephant gradually emerged.
After escaping the well the baby elephant immediately ran towards the jungle where he was reunited with his family.
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