Two elephant calves that had fallen into a pit in Sri Lanka were rescued after struggling in the hole for nearly three hours.
Both calves had fallen into the pit located on private land, and local residents said the two elephants’ mothers tried to rescue them but were unable to do so.
Wildlife officials had to use an excavator to cut an escape path for the baby elephants.
One calf climbed out of the pit immediately and joined its mother but the other had to be helped out by the excavator.
Once out of the pit, the smaller elephant huddled next to the excavator and refused to leave the area.
After the rescue effort, villagers and wildlife officers said they used loud firecrackers to chase the baby elephants back into the jungle where they eventually joined their mothers.