Veterinarians and park staff have carried out a dramatic rescue of a pair of elephants in Thailand that involved three people using a boom lift, a digger and the resuscitation of an unconscious mother.
The rescue took place in pouring rain in central Nakhon Nayok province on Wednesday when a one-year-old elephant fell into a drain hole in the road. The distressed mother was standing guard over her calf, according to national park staff, but also fell shortly after she was stunned.
Rescuers used a truck-mounted boom lift to pull the mother out before climbing on top of her to perform simultaneous cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as a digger cleared the ground away so the anxious calf could crawl out of the slippery mud.
The calf began to suckle its mother, who quickly regained consciousness, and both immediately returned to nature.
It took the team more than three hours to complete the operation.
Sky News reported that Dr. Chananya Kanchanasarak, Khao Yai National Park’s ward veterinarian, said: “It was impossible to get close to the baby while the mother was nearby, so we gave her three doses of sedatives, but she moved towards her baby before fainting. and struck her head. “
Chananya said it was “one of the most memorable rescues we have made”.