Elephant Out For a Swim Gets Emergency Rescue At 10 miles Off-Shore?

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In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, Navy teams around the globe are often called in to assist in rescue efforts. But this week, one maritime mission in the Indian Ocean helped a unique creature in need.How often do you see an elephant adrift almost 10 miles off-shore? There’s no specialized equipment to deal with that sort of problems, all you have to rely on is your hard work and the ability to improvise. Check out one of the most amazing rescue of navy teams.

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It was a routine patrol for a Sri Lankan naval team, when they spotted something unusual bobbing among the ocean waves, not a bird or a boat, but rather a fully grown Asian elephant, struggling to stay afloat nearly 10 miles offshore.

Elephants are some of the best swimmers of land mammals, thanks to buoyant bodies and trunks that can be used as snorkels, but this pachyderm appeared fatigued and distressed.Officials believe the animal had been trying to cross the Kokkilai Lagoon off the country’s northeast coast when it was swept out to sea.

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The divers plunged into the salty water to soothe the elephant and loop a tow rope around its body. Over the next 12 hours, they gently towed Jumbo, as it was affectionately dubbed, back to the Sri Lankan coast,releasing Jumbo exhausted but alive into the shallow water.

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