VIDEO: Baby Elephant Freed From Drain While Distressed Mother Was Distracted

By  //  May 31, 2016

Calf Taken to hospital for treatment

ABOVE VIDEO: Wildlife officials rescue a baby elephant from a drain and took it to the hospital. (Fox35 video)

HAMBANTOTOA, SRI LANKA – A baby elephant in Sri Lanka is safe and sound after being freed from a street drain.

The baby elephant fell into the uncovered drain and got stuck. Rescuers had to break open the drain to free the calf while helpers fired smoke bullets to distract the distressed mother elephant.

The calf appeared to have fallen into the drain in the southern port city of Hambantotoa, a region known for the hundreds of wild elephants that roam freely.

Port workers teamed up with wildlife officials to break open more of the drain, and reach inside to rescue the animal.

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The elephant was put onto a vehicle and taken away for medical treatment. It is suspected the calf suffered a broken leg.