RESCUED: It could have been a really sticky situation for one baby elephant when it slipped into a ditch and got stuck in it, in Assam, India. But thanks to a train full of passengers passing bye, the calf was rescued and re-united with its herd.

Baby elephant fell into a ditch while trying to cross a railway track in Assam, India


When a herd of elephants was passing a railway track in Goalpara, Assam, in NE India, one of the elephant calves could not keep up with rest of his family and slipped into a ditch. The fall led to the elephant getting covered with the loose soil and debris. It was visibly distraught with none of the herd members in sight. Just then the driver of a train passing bye saw the little jumbo and stopped the train. Passengers immediately rushed to help also calling to attention few of the forest officials. Coaxing the wild thing with tender leaves and slowly nudging it to wiggle out of the mound on top, the baby elephant was finally rescued – uninjured.

Amidst stories of regular elephant deaths in India due to train hits, the following photos will surely make you believe that all is not wrong. Thank you passengers and engine driver for caring and helping.

Images courtesy Daily Mail by Barcroft India

Passengers of a train passing bye, stop to see how they can rescue the calf

Forest officials try to coax the animal to come out by giving it tender green leaves

Passengers join in, as the effort to pull it out heightens

A man tries to grab a stick and try another approach to pull it out

People ponder how to get the baby elephant out of the sticky situation

The elephant was finally able to come out uninjured and went back to the forest

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