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Incredible Moment: Hero Vets Save Mother And Baby Elephant From Drain


This moving scene shows how vets saved a mother elephant by performing CPR on her while her young daughter watched.

In Nakhon Nayok, central Thailand, yesterday afternoon, the 10-year-old bull and her one-month-old calf fell into a concrete drain while it was pouring rain. The pair fell into the 7-foot-deep hole because the muddy, damp grass from the storm was slippery.

Veterinarians used a cherry picker to remove the enormous mammals from the drain when it became nearly impossible to extract the duo due to torrential monsoon rain.

However, the mother’s life was immediately in danger after she smacked her head and passed unconsciously.

Incredible video documents the massive three-hour operation to rescue the mother elephant before saving the elephants.

‘It was impossible to get close the infant while the mother was nearby so we gave her three doses of tranquilizers but she moved towards her baby before passing out and hitting her head,’ said lead national park veterinarian Dr. Chananya Kanchanasarak.

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The mother “regained consciousness after being stimulated by both myself and the baby,” the speaker continued.

In order to rescue the infant without forcing their way through the 30-elephant herd nearby, park officials phoned the veterinarians out of concern that the mother would scream for assistance.


In order to stop the protective and potentially aggressive herd from approaching, a team constructed a temporary barrier.

The young elephant, who had been trapped the previous night, suckled milk while its mother dozed off in the hole, providing some respite to the veterinarians.


The vets continued their work after having the crane remove the animals from the filthy drain. Three veterans leaped on the mother as soon as she landed safely to resuscitate and awaken her because the impact of hitting her head may have been harmful.

Fortunately, the elephant’s mother woke up.

Park guards and veterinarians departed the area to provide room for the jumbos to rejoin and join the vast herd.

As the mother and her child retreated back into the jungle, happy rangers and tearful veterans could be seen observing.


“Despite the challenges, the mother did not leave her baby’s side,” Dr. Chananya continued.

This rescue will go down as one of the most heartwarming experiences we’ve ever had.

The veterinarian praised everyone for the “hard work of all parties engaged in the rescue” and declared that “mother and baby are unharmed.”

In Thailand, there are thought to be 4,000 elephants. About half of them are housed in zoos, sanctuaries, and other types of animal camps. The remainder is free to roam in national wildlife refuges.

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