Video: Young Zim elephant rescued after becoming stuck in the mud

Elephant stuck in a mud pit with bulldozer, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

© Kariba Animal Welfare Trust

Sourced from third-party site: Kariba Animal Welfare Fund Trust – Kariba

A young elephant has been rescued from a muddy pit in Zimbabwe after rescuers used a bulldozer to help with the rescue operation. The elephant was discovered in the pit near the resort town of Kariba, and is thought to have been stuck there for approximately 24 hours.

Elephant calf stuck in mud pit in Zimbabwe

© Kariba Animal Welfare Trust

According to reports, the elephant’s herd stood anxiously nearby while staff members from Kariba Animal Welfare Trust (KAWFT), ZimParks, Lake Harvest, and other volunteers got to work on helping to free the young animal.

Bulldozer removing soil to help rescue stuck elephant in Zimbabwe

© Kariba Animal Welfare Trust

A bulldozer was brought in to carefully and skilfully level the steep sides of the pit to allow the elephant to walk out. However, it was weak and caked in thick mud, and lay motionless in the mud even though a way out of the pit had been created.

Elephant calf stuck in mud with bulldozer

© Kariba Animal Welfare Trust

The rescue team realised that the elephant was probably in dire need to water having been stuck there for so long, so they got a bucket of fresh water to tempt it out.

Young elephant stuck in mud in Zimbabwe

© Kariba Animal Welfare Trust

“That smell of water often seems to urge them on,” said the Kariba Animal Welfare Trust (KAWFT). “As the water splashing began, the competent driver continued moving more dry soil closer and the fact that a human was closer, a greater effort was made to push, get up and out the mud and out the pit.”

Elephant calf leaving mud pit after being rescued in Zimbabwe

© Kariba Animal Welfare Trust

With great relief the elephant, clearly motivated by the sound of the splashing water, was able to get out of the mud and make a dash for freedom. The pit was then filled to avoid any future danger to animals.

Young elephant calf walking away into bush in Zimbabwe

© Kariba Animal Welfare Trust

“We mostly always imagine the worst when going into a wild animal situation. It was a pleasure to again have the best outcome as we watched the rescued individual walk away to find the rest of the family,” KAWFT said on their Facebook post of the rescue.

Watch the video of the rescue below from Kariba Animal Welfare Trust’s Facebook page

VID – ELE YOUNGSTER STUCK INSIDE A MUDDY PIT FOR A DAY AND A NIGHT – 20 JULY 2018

ELE YOUNGSTER STUCK INSIDE A MUDDY PIT + THANK YOU’S – UPDATE 24/7/18Trust Details At Bottom Of EmailREMEMBER: When Driving or walking,Animals always have the right of way !!!!ELE YOUNGSTER STUCK INSIDE A MUDDY PIT FOR A DAY AND A NIGHT – 20 JULY 2018Friday morning, a report from the Lake Harvest Safety Officer to Parks, regarding an Ele Calf stuck in a pit at the back of Lake Harvest and the concerned family nearby.We mostly always imagine the worst when going into a wild animal situation. It was a pleasure to again have the best outcome as we watched the rescued individual walk away to find the rest of the family, thanks to great Team work again – ZIMPARKS – LAKE HARVEST – MASIMBA CONTRACTORS, Grader & brilliant driver !!Job well done !! thank you to all involved When we all work together we can make good things happenThanks to all those that continue to support the welfare our Wildlife

Gepostet von Kariba Animal Welfare Fund Trust – Kariba am Dienstag, 24. Juli 2018

 



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