This is the inspiring moment a mother elephant was rescued as vets performed CPR by jumping up and down on her chest while her young daughter looked on.
The 10-year-old bull and her baby calf, one, had slipped down a concrete drain during heavy rain in Nakhon Nayok, Central Thailand yesterday afternoon.
A storm had wet and muddy the grass, causing the couple to fall into the 7-foot deep hole.
Torrential monsoon rains made it nearly impossible to rescue the pair, and veterinarians mobilized a cherry picker to pull the giant mammals out of the drain.
But after the mother hit her head and knocked her unconscious, her life was suddenly in danger.
The one-year-old calf looks on with concern as his 10-year-old mother was jumped up and down by a team of vets yesterday
A team of veterinarians immediately jumped on the mother elephant after pulling her out of the hole to help her regain consciousness
The mother elephant looked battered as she was heaved out of the Gulf’s deep drain by park rangers and a team of veterinarians
The baby elephant was able to free itself from the ditch with help after falling the night before
Incredible video shows the mammoth three-hour operation to get the elephants to safety – and then save the mother.
The national park’s head veterinarian, Dr. Chananya Kanchanasarak, said: “It was impossible to approach the baby while the mother was around, so we gave her three doses of sedatives, but she moved towards her baby before passing out and hitting her head .”
She added that the mother “regained consciousness after being stimulated by both me and the baby.”
Park rangers feared that the mother of the nearby herd of 30 elephants would scream for help as they made their way to drag the baby, so they called the vets.
The elephant calf hugged its unconscious mother in concern while the group of men and women jumped up and down
The entire rescue operation took a total of three hours, with the mother elephant falling unconscious after hitting her head
The head national park vet Dr. Chananya Kanchanasarak watches as a hydraulic picker pulls the pair of elephants out of the drain
dr Kanchanasarak leads her team as they roll over the elephant so she can receive her urgent medical supplies
The baby calf was stranded in the Gulf drain overnight before her mother fell into the 7ft crevice and passed out on herself
The crane is pictured setting her down after lifting her out of the ditch and the baby will soon follow. Then CPR was required
The hoisting crane was needed to pull the elephants out of the hole as the couple were unable to get out themselves
The baby calf appeared terrified as its unconscious mother was lifted out before doctors resuscitated her
A team erected a temporary barrier to prevent the protective and potentially violent herd from approaching.
The baby elephant was unable to free itself from the 2.10 m high drain when heavy monsoon rains hit the national park
While the mother passed out in the hole, the baby elephant – who was caught the night before – suckled milk, giving vets some relief.
The animals were pulled out of the muddy drain with a crane before the veterinarians continued their work.
The moment the mother touched safe ground, three vets jumped on her to revive her and wake her up, as the impact on her head could have injured her.
Fortunately, the mother elephant woke up.
Park rangers and vets left the scene to allow the jumbos to reunite — and join the massive herd.
Enthusiastic rangers and emotional vets watched as the mother and her baby disappeared back into the forest.
dr Chananya added: “Despite the obstacles, the mother did not leave her baby’s side.
“This experience touched our hearts and will be one of the most memorable rescues we have ever had.”
The vet said that “mother and baby are safe” and she thanked people for the “hard work of all parties involved in the rescue”.
There are an estimated 4,000 elephants in Thailand.
About half of them live in captivity in animal camps, zoos and sanctuaries. The rest are found in national wildlife parks.
The crane was needed yesterday to lift the giant mother elephant out of the deep ditch in Thailand’s national park
dr Chananya said the experience touched the hearts of her team and it was one of the most memorable rescues they have ever performed
The two elephants got stuck in the drain yesterday afternoon amid intense monsoon rains that battered central Thailand
A crane was mobilized to lift the mother out of the hole after she fell in, possibly to recover her daughter, who also fell in
The mother elephant fell headfirst into the gulf ditch, her legs scampering in the wet mud as she tried and failed to get out
Rescuers and park rangers watched as the elephants were allowed to walk back into the forest together after the exertion