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Sunday, 24 October 2021 8.38 PM IST

Elephant gets stuck in fresh puddle, forest officials with JCB loader come to its rescue

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BENGALURU: An elephant that was stuck in a fresh puddle of mud in Bandipur, Karnataka was rescued by forest officials.

Officials at Moleyur range started the rescue operation after noticing the adolescent elephant struggling to move in the puddle of mud.

The jumbo was able to move its legs but got not get up on all four. As it was not possible to get a rope around the animal, the officials used a JCB loader and pushed it slowly until it was able to get up from the mud.

A video of the rescue, shared by Bandipur Tiger Reserve on Twitter, shows the loader slowly pushing the elephant forward and out of the puddle. In a few seconds, it was able to stand up and move away from the slush.

The video was captioned: “One female elephant, stuck in the fresh mud puddle in Moleyur range of Bandipur Tiger Reserve, rescued successfully.”

The same video was also tweeted by Indian Forest Service Officer Ramesh Pandey, who thanked the staff at Bandipur Tiger Reserve for carrying out the timely rescue.

“Sometimes wrong posture coupled with a heavyweight in a slushy ground can make an elephant helpless. Thanks to officials and staffs of @Bandipur_TR for the timely nudge to the female elephant. She was exhausted. Kudos to all involved in this rescue,” he wrote.

The original video has been viewed more than 71,000 times and has received a round of praise from Twitter users.

A user tweeted along with another video of the elephant: "Moments before this great save the Elephant was battling hard. Alert staff of forest department, Moleyur range of Bandipur did a marvelous job through innovative rescue operations. Congratulations to RFO and his team."

“Excellent work. Keep it up. That is man-animal cooperation a change from the usual rant of man-animal conflict,” wrote another user.

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TAGS: ELEPHANT, FRESH PUDDLE, FOREST OFFICIALS, KARNATAKA, BENGALURU, BANDIPUR, RESCUE, JCB LOADER
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