A baby bull elephant has been rescued after falling into a well at a copper mine.
Video footage shows staff at the Phalaborwa Copper mine in South Africa’s Limpopo Province frantically pull the calf out of a small dam of water.
The visibly distressed elephant is eventually pulled out of the well by the heroic staff members.
It’s believed the calf may have fallen into the well and been left by its herd after it couldn’t escape.
Local journalist Mike Kendrick says: ‘A couple of people at Phalaborwa Copper reported the stranded calf to the company’s wildlife supervisor. They got the baby out of the water and loaded him onto the back of a pick-up truck. They tried to reintroduce him to the breeding herds which were still in the vicinity.’
After failed attempts to reintroduce the elephant to a nearby herd, an emergency rescue team were called to save the calf, which weighed just over 100kg.
Dr Michelle Henley of Elephants Alive rushed Amanzi the elephant, whose name means water in Zulu, to The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), an hour south of the mine, where he is now recovering.
Dr Rogers’ team at the HESC took over and immediately began to rehydrate the elephant, who remains in critical care.