Elephant Winched To Safety After 24hrs In 70ft-Deep Well

Ten-year-old Nelly is thought to have wondered into Govanur village in search of water, but unfortunately ending up down a deep farming hole.

Villagers who heard the male elephant ‘trumpeting for help the entire night’, were too afraid to approach for fear of an attack from it’s herd who may have been nearby. The owner of the well called the government forest department, who teamed up with local rangers to rescue the pachyderm.

‘We got a call from the owner of the farm well in the morning and immediately left for the spot, ‘ explained Dr K Asokan, wildlife veterinarian at Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve, who helped in the rescue.


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‘We began…at around 10 am but the operation couldn’t be completed on the same day due to the depth of the well and the elephant was not cooperating,’ explained Palanivel Raja, a Periyanaickenpalayam forest range officer.

Using ropes and a JCB machine, the animal was winched to safety the following day.

After finally succeeding in getting the calf out, it was fed medicine hidden in jack fruits, and then released into the wild.