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Want To See Something Beautiful? How About A Baby Elephant Rescued And Reunited With Her Mother
October 19, 2012
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If this video doesn't tug at your heartstrings a little, maybe you should see a doctor.
When an eight month-old elephant calf in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, fell into a well and got trapped, the team at the Amboseli Trust for Elephants carried out a rescue mission.

Luckily the team was alerted to the calf's situation quickly. They sprung into action to help the young elephant escape from her watery trap and reunite with her mother, Zombe.

Getting the calf out of the hole involved a Land Rover, a long rope, and lots of tense moments.


The video shows the whole rescue, which starts with the team driving Zombe away so they can safely work on getting her baby out of the well.


The baby elephant cries out to be reunited with her mother, and (spoiler alert) she eventually gets her wish.

The addition of a Coldplay song at the end is probably unnecessary - it's a baby elephant rescue! We're already emotionally invested without any Chris Martin crooning - but the video is a moving example of the work taking place at Amboseli National Park.


It also showcases the work being done by the Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP), the longest study of wild elephants in the world, according to their website.

The project has a number of goals. One is to better understand the lives of wild elephants by studying the 1,500 undisturbed animals in this population, who range from newborn to over 60 years old.

The team examines social organization, communication, human-elephant interaction, cognition, and other aspects of elephant behaviour in order to advance scientific understanding of how elephants live.

Along with scientific understanding, they hope to enhance public awareness about elephants and protect them from being slaughtered for their ivory or pressed into entertainment.

baby-elephant-maasai.jpgAnother goal is outreach to the Maasai community that lives in the area. The AERP provides secondary school bursaries and university scholarships to promising local students, in order to "build a cadre of educated and aware persons who will eventually return to the region to work in conservation and development."

And since 1997, AERP has also run a "consolation scheme," providing cash donations to Maasai herders for the loss of a cow, sheep or goat killed by an elephant.

To find out more about the AERP's work, visit their research & outreach page right here.


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