Well-ie the elephant! Calf is rescued with a digger from 30ft well in India

Well-ie the elephant! Calf is rescued with a digger from 30ft well in India… then off she goes with a trumpety-trump

  • Baby elephant escaped the 30-foot-deep well after rescuers excavated corridor 
  • Fell into the well in Jharkhand, India, on Sunday night and was rescued yesterday
  • Forest Department officials are now driving him towards his 22-strong herd 

This is the amazing moment a baby elephant was rescued after falling into a 30-feet-deep well in India.

Footage taken in Jharkhand, eastern India, yesterday shows rescuers using excavators to dig a corridor to help the frightened calf escape after it fell into the well on Sunday night.  

Once he clambers out of the well and reaches the top of the path, the baby takes off and runs away from his rescuers. 

The calf managed to climb out after rescuers dug a corridor for him

This is the amazing moment a baby elephant that fell into a 30-feet-deep well in Jharkhand, eastern India, on Sunday night, managed to climb out after rescuers dug a corridor for him

Once he reaches the top of the man-made path, the baby takes off and runs away from his rescuers

Once he reaches the top of the man-made path, the baby takes off and runs away from his rescuers

The video shows a confused elephant nearly fully submerged in the brown murky water waiting patiently to be rescued

The video shows a confused elephant nearly fully submerged in the brown murky water waiting patiently to be rescued

The video shows a confused elephant nearly fully submerged in the brown murky water waiting patiently to be rescued. 

Excavators managed to break the well’s wall and get down to the water line, where the baby elephant was waiting. 

As the final digger retreats, the frightened calf can be seen pulling himself out of the water and onto a muddy and hastily constructed path.  

The baby then pauses briefly, using his trunk to throw soil in the air in an apparent celebration, before continuing his climb. 

Rescuers used excavators to dig a corridor to help the frightened calf escape after it fell into the well on Sunday night

Rescuers used excavators to dig a corridor to help the frightened calf escape after it fell into the well on Sunday night

Excavators managed to break the well's wall and get down to the water lin

The baby elephant was then able to climb out of the well

Excavators managed to break the well’s wall and get down to the water line, where the baby elephant was waiting patiently to be rescued

The calf’s legs appear weak in the video and he struggles to pull himself up the slippery pathway. 

Once he reaches the top, however, the baby takes off and runs away from his rescuers.  

The calf is part of a 22-strong herd of elephants based in the Sariya area of the Giridih district. 

Forest Department officials are now driving the calf towards to herd to reunite the pack. 

The calf's legs appear weak in the video and he struggles to pull himself up the slippery pathway

The calf’s legs appear weak in the video and he struggles to pull himself up the slippery pathway

The elephant had managed to fall into the 30-foot deep well on Sunday night and was eventually rescued yesterday

The elephant had managed to fall into the 30-foot deep well on Sunday night and was eventually rescued yesterday

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