Forest officials in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu say they used a crane to pull an elephant out of a well after working for more than 12 hours to save the animal.
The elephant, which had strayed into a forested village in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri district, fell into a well that was covered with bushes and had no fence or wall around it, District Forest Officer Rajkumar said.
Two other elephants have fallen into such wells in the area in the past year.
Deforestation, rapid urbanization and a growing rural population have brought animals closer to human settlements in India.
“It was a deep and narrow well,” said Raj Kumar, a well-known name. “We were notified by locals early Thursday and they managed to recover the elephant at night.”
Forest officials first tried to clear the bushes around the well and then throw the water out. According to the prince, however, the elephant attacked the water pipes.
“Finally, with the help of doctors, we disturbed the animal and used a crane to lift it out of the well,” said Raj Kumar.
“When we monitored it for three hours, it was found to be healthy and active.”
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