Swamped elephant rescued in Yunnan

By Li Yingqing in Kunming and Chen Meiling | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2022-09-23 17:11
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A wild Asian elephant trapped in a reservoir in a resident's yard was saved recently. [Photo provided by Simao Forestry and Grassland Administration/For chinadaily.com.cn]

Chen sent workers to check. When they arrived, an elephant was found struggling in an impound reservoir — a round pool with concrete sides — in water as deep as 2.6 meters. It could not get out by itself and was drowning.

"We considered two plans at first, one to pump the water away and another to use an excavator. However, the ground was too wet and muddy after rain, so we had to adopt a third plan — breaking the concrete wall of the reservoir with a sledgehammer."

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