A great escape took place in a Cambodian Wildlife sanctuary when 11 elephants dragged themselves from a muddy pit.
While looking for some water to drink, the elephants fell inside a muddy hole used to collect water.
According to the technical advisor, Tan Setha,
“These elephants represent an important part of the breeding population…their loss would have been a major blow to conservation.”
Protecting the wildlife
Originally a crater made by a bomb during the Vietnam war, villagers widened the hole to store water.
When the farmers realized that the elephants fell down the hole they quickly called the authorities to start a rescue effort.
Locals also rushed to help the elephants with makeshift ropes when they found out the animals fell.
“This is a great example of everyone working together in Cambodia to save wildlife,”
Said Dr. Ross Sinclair, WCS country director.