Six newborn elephants were discovered to be trapped in a mud pit in Thailand’s Thap Lan National Park, and a crew of park rangers raced out to the scene to investigate the situation. When they got there, they discovered the six newborn elephants lined up in a row, completely trapped in the mud and unable to escape on their own.
The park guards turned to look around when they noticed the parent elephants were still nearby and appeared to be waiting for their young to emerge from the pit and join them before departing. The rangers were aware that it was their responsibility to arrange for the reunification of the newborn elephants and their parents.
Unfortunately, the park rangers lacked the necessary tools to immediately assist the baby elephants, so someone had to keep an eye on them overnight until the necessary tools could be brought over the following morning.
In order to allow the elephants to safely exit the mud pit, they were finally able to begin digging a ramp into the muck.
… as one by one, the young elephants carefully climbed back up to safety after emerging from the mud pit.
After their trauma, all six of the newborn elephants appeared to be in good health, and the park rangers kept an eye on them for a while to make sure they were moving around and walking correctly.
The six baby elephants probably wouldn’t have survived if the park rangers hadn’t committed their time to trying to save them. Instead, they were reunited with their family in safety, and it is hoped that they would proceed with caution in the future when near large mud pits.