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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Baby elephant and its mother pulled from mud lag

A rescue they will never forget: Baby elephant and its mother pulled from mud lag

Conservation workers, who normally have a policy of leaving nature to fend for itself as much as possible, unless the problem was created by humans.
On this occasion, however, they could not sit by and let the mother and calf die in such a horrible way.


The calf appears to be calling for help while his mother appears resigned to her fate before the rescue gets under way

Eventually, they pull the calf out further away from what could have been its muddy grave. It hears the cryof a cousin elephant and runs towards it.
Rachel McRobb from the team said: 'Most conservationists believe that man should not meddle with the natural order and that we should allow nature to run her course however cruel or grim it seems to be. We agree on the whole, unless a wildlife problem has been created by man (for instance in the case of snaring or being trapped in a fence, in which case it's justifiable to intervene) then nature should be left to her own devices. She has a plan.

'However - every rule has an exception and the dreadful plight of a babyelephant trapped in the mud of the Kapani Lagoon and her mother, who had also got stuck trying to save her yesterday had us all in a frenzy of activity. We simply could not stand by and watch them struggle and slowly die.'
Once the calf is freed, the team works to help the mother who has become tired after all the thrashing around.
She is tied to a tractor and, inch byinch, she makes her way to freedom. Eventually she is pulled from the mud and runs towards her calf and the waiting family.

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