Forest officials and villagers came together in Assam's Goalpara district to rescue an elephant that was trapped in a mud-pit.
The pachyderm had been trapped in the pit since Wednesday.
Weakened by three days of struggling and not being able to feed, the elephant was unable to pull itself out when forest officials arrived on Saturday. Even the assistance of a tame elephant was insufficient to enable the trapped elephant to pull itself out of the mud.
Assam's Chief Conservator of Forests, D. Harprasad, said the animal had been given medicine and vitamins to strengthen it, and that a team of veterinarians, experts and forest officials had been deployed round the clock to oversee the rescue operation.
"Along with a veterinary team, there is a team from the Guwahati zoo as well as wild elephant experts. The animal has been given antibiotics, vitamins and pain killers," Harprasad said.
A similar situation arose in Jharkhand, where a female elephant and her calf fell into an open well on the outskirts of a village near Chakradharpur town. Curious villagers crowded round the well, looking at the animals as the mother made desperate attempts to push her calf out of the well.
An earth-mover was deployed by officials after they rushed to the scene to rescue the trapped animals. The machine proved effective, as the elephants eventually made their way out of the well. (ANI)