A 20-year-old elephant trapped in slush was dramatically rescued by Indian forest officials after nearly five hours of struggle.
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The elephant was spotted by locals stuck in the slush with her wailing calf standing by her side, near a stream at Kunjurpathy forest region in Coimbatore in south India on Sunday morning.
It is believed the mother-son duo had come to drink water from the muddy slush. After villagers raised an alarm, a rescue team arrived with ropes for help but the calf and its mother tried to chase them away.
The officials then had to burst firecrackers to push them back and used a ramp and a digger to help the fatigued jumbo stand on her feet.