Park Rangers Find 6 Baby Wild Elephants All Stuck Unable To Get Out On Their Own
When a group of park rangers in Thap Lan National Park in Thailand became aware of six baby elephants trapped in a pit of mud, they immediately rushed out to the site to assess the situation. When they arrived, they found the six baby elephants all lined up in a row in the mud, entirely stuck and unable to get out on their own.
As they looked around the area, the park rangers realized the parent elephants were still close by and seemed to be waiting for their babies to climb out of the pit and join them before moving on. The rangers knew it was up to them to make that reunion happen for the baby elephants and their parents.
Unfortunately, the park rangers didn’t have the equipment to help the baby elephants right away, and so someone kept watch on them overnight until the equipment could be brought over the next morning.
Finally, they were able to start digging a sort of ramp into the mud pit so that the elephants would be able to climb out safely …
… and one by one, the baby elephants slowly made their way out of the mud pit and back up to safety.
All six of the baby elephants seemed just fine after their ordeal, and the park rangers watched them for a bit to make sure they were walking and getting around OK.
If the park rangers hadn’t dedicated their time to trying to help the six baby elephants, there’s a good chance they wouldn’t have made it. Instead, they were safely reunited with their family, and will hopefully be careful around deep mud pits in the future.
In the wild, elephants live in herds. These herds are family units that consist of the matriarch elephants, her daughters and offspring. When the calves (baby elephants) reach a certain age, they go into two different paths. The elephant cows (females) stay with their mother’s herd and take care of the young. On the other hand, elephant bulls (males) go off on their own or connect with a small group of male elephants. Elephants show affection towards each other is through vocalizations. Elephants are able to share their emotions with other elephants through various different sounds they can produce. These large mammals make trumpeting, rumbling, roaring, chirps and squeaking sounds. Mother elephants show affection and care for their calves through soft and soothing rumbles. The low rumble sounds are used to greet and bond with one another. Elephants produce trumpet sounds to express their happiness, anger and even grief of a loved one d.y.i.n.g.