Digger and firecrackers used to rescue elephants trapped in Chinese reservoir
Published 13/10/2016 | 11:19
Chinese authorities used a digger to break a concrete wall and free three elephants who had been trapped in a reservoir for two days.
New China has reported that the the elephants were trapped in a concrete reservoir as it filled up with rainwater; the two adults had to hold the calf up so that it could breathe.
The Forestry Department of Yunnan province said that it was likely the baby elephant fell into the reservoir and the two adults went in to help. Other elephants surrounded them attempting to pull the three out by the trunks.
Forestry staff used firecrackers to scare the other elephants away so that they could reach the reservoir, and used a digger to break the reservoir and form a path out.
It took several attempts over the two days to get the elephants away from the reservoir and rescuers “risked their lives” as the elephants became more agitated trying to help.
"We were worried that the baby elephant might choke on the water or die from exhaustion," said Xiong Chaoyong, deputy manager of Asian elephant breeding and rescue center in Yunnan.
The baby elephant made it out safely, still protected by the two adults.
China has only 300 Asian elephants, which are ‘first-class’ nationally protected animals.