The video of a baby elephant being successfully saved by rescuers, from an abandoned well in Kerala, India, has been making rounds on the social media.
The little calf was travelling with a herd of elephants at night when it accidentally fell into a well.
The calf struggled to escape the well whole night, making desperate calls to the herd but all its attempts went in vain. However, some villagers heard the commotion and as they went to see what was making the noise they found the animal digging helplessly against the dirt in a futile bid to escape.
A team of forest officials appeared at the scene around 7 a.m. and gathered equipment to free the anxious calf. An excavator was brought in to dig out the well for the trapped elephant.
As the rescue operation got under way, the herd stood aside patiently, waiting to be reunited with the calf. After five hours of digging, a path was created for the little calf to walk out.
As the little elephant was freed, it went running towards its mother who emerged from the trees and waded through a river to be reunited with her baby.
But it doesn’t end here.
The grateful mother turned towards the rescuers and raised her trunk – a gesture usually interpreted as a thankful salute.
Villagers cheered as the family was reunited.
Watch the video here: