Wildlife rescuers in China had the ability to save an Asian elephant with the help of a sledgehammer and some creative thinking
According to Within Edition, a group of four elephants mistakenly fell into a man-made concrete fish pond in China’s Yunnan Province and worried witnesses called wild animals authorities for assistance.
By the time rescuers showed up, simply one elephant was left in the fish pond yet it quickly became clear that she had not been having any success getting herself out of the water.
The Globe Wildlife Fund reports that Asian elephants are endangered and their numbers are on the decline. Because of that, it’s more important than ever before for communities to find with each other to protect them.
Rescuers recognized they needed to help the elephant leave the pond but it would not be simple, provided they usually weigh around 11,000 pounds.
The elephant was struggling in an attempt to climb out of the cement pond and that’s when one rescuer had a brilliant idea. He took a sledgehammer and started knocking away at the cement wall, chipping pieces off to make it reduced.
It’s not an concept lots of people would’ve come up with, but it worked! With part of the wall chipped away, the elephant was able to raise herself from the pond and onto dry, solid ground.
According to Inside Edition, the elephant watched the rescuers for a few minutes before wandering away back to the wild.