This is the inspiring moment a mother elephant was saved when vets conducted CPR by leaping up and down on her chest as her young daughter watched on.
The 10-year-old bull and her baby calf, one, had slipped into a concrete drain amid heavy rain in Nakhon Nayok, central Thailand yesterday afternoon.
A storm had made the grass wet and muddy, causing the pair to fall into the 7ft-deep hole.
Torrential monsoon rain made it near-impossible to retrieve the pair, with vets mobilising a cherry picker to pull the huge mammals out the drain.
But after the mother hit her head and was knocked out cold, her life was suddenly at risk.
Incredible video shows the mammoth three-hour operation to pull the elephants out to safety – and then save the mother.
Lead national park vet Dr Chananya Kanchanasarak said: ‘It was impossible to get near the baby while the mother was nearby so we gave her three doses of tranquilisers but she moved towards her baby before passing out and hit her head.’
She added that the mother ‘regained consciousness after being stimulated by both me and the baby’.
Park rangers feared that the mother would cry for help from the 30-elephant herd nearby if they forced their way to pull the baby, so they called the vets.
A team set up a temporary barrier to prevent the protective and potentially violent herd from approaching.
While the mother was passed out in the hole, the baby elephant – who was trapped the night before – suckled milk, which gave vets some relief.
A crane was used to pull the creatures out of the muddy drain before the vets continued with their work.
The moment the mother touched safe ground, three vets jumped on her to revive and wake her up as the impact of falling on her head could have hurt her.
Fortunately, the mother elephant woke up.
Park rangers and vets left the scene to allow the jumbos to reunite – and be joined by the huge herd.
Delighted rangers and emotional vets were seen watching the mother and her baby disappear back into the forest.
Dr Chananya added: ‘Despite the obstacles, the mother did not leave her baby’s side.
‘This experience touched our hearts and will be one of the most memorable rescues we’ve done.’
The vet said that both ‘mother and baby are safe’ and she thanked people for the ‘hard work of all parties involved in the rescue’.
There are an estimated 4,000 elephants in Thailand.
About half of these live in captivity in animal camps, zoos, and sanctuaries. The rest can be found roaming national wildlife parks.