Baby elephant rescued from ditch and reunited with mother

Here’s a lovely video posted by “Magestic Tuskers”, with their description:

In Kerala, India, a baby elephant falls into a ditch (or an abandoned well) and gets trapped there. As the family of wild elephants watches and waits on the other side of the river, local people and forest officials use an earthmover to help the baby get out.

Watch when they come running and welcoming the baby, checking whether it is fine. The incredible moment then occurs when the elephant family head turns and salutes the humans, thanking them for saving their little one..

Very clever to use an earth-mover to raise the level of the ground in the ditch, and the elephants’ joy at getting the baby back is palpable. The “saluting of humans,” however, involves just one elephant raising her trunk, and is probably wish-thinking on the part of the rescuers rather than genuine pachyderm gratitude. But Ceiling Cat bless those people for rescuing the little one!

Lagniappe: a bonus katydid from entomologist and photographer Gil Wizen, found by Matthew Cobb. Look at that thing!

10 Comments

  1. Glenda Palmer
    Posted November 29, 2017 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Lovely to watch the very clever and moving rescue of the young elephant. Great photo of the beautiful katydid nymph.

  2. rickflick
    Posted November 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I seem to recall that the trunk wave is to sniff the breeze. But, maybe she was thinking appreciation (or at least relief) at the same time.

  3. Posted November 29, 2017 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    You would swear that was some sort of recognition to the rescuers. As for the katydid, that is cooler than cool, how did that happen?

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 29, 2017 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I was kind of like, in order to save you we have to bury you.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted November 30, 2017 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

      That’s why they didn’t try it in the Neil Moss rescue. It was considered.

  5. Posted November 29, 2017 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Archimedes would be proud.

  6. Mark R.
    Posted November 29, 2017 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    That katydid is make-up ready for its new appearance on a pixar film…or better yet, Miyazaki.

    And as for the elephant rescue. Ears to you humans!

  7. ladyatheist
    Posted November 30, 2017 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Wow and wow!

  8. Posted November 30, 2017 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  9. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted November 30, 2017 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    The “saluting of humans,” however, involves just one elephant raising her trunk, and is probably wish-thinking on the part of the rescuers rather than genuine pachyderm gratitude.

    How many elephants escape (or are released from) captivity in work camps? It might be a remembered behaviour.


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