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Baby Elephant Rescued From Well

November 28, 2003 Sara Spendrup

In late November, a pitiful sight was beheld: an elephant calf of about 6 weeks, stuck, in one of the series of wells at Sera.

The poor little ele had evidently been in there since the previous day and, as we approached the well, it became clear that a lion had been trying to fish him out during the night


Belts were quickly taken off and secured around the fore-feet, with a length of spare fuel piping passed around his girth. After a strenuous and exhausting combined effort of tug-oftrunk & belt the waterlogged little fellow popped out of the top.

Within five minutes he was on his feet and glued to his newfound friends’ side. Unfortunately he was so exhausted by his ordeal that attempts to reunite him with other elephants nearby did not succeed. He is now recovered and growing up fast at the Nairobi elephant orphanage.