Excavation Begins • Earth.com Excavation Begins

Because the mud was so thick and almost dry, the made the baby elephant nearly immobile. When the rescuers started moving the excavator, they knew they had to be extra careful. They were not amateurs, but things could still go wrong even when handled by experts. They looked for ways to dig the baby out without risking its life even further.

They tried digging in the area around the hole in a bid to widen the space where they could work. They couldn’t dig exactly where the calf was at the risk of endangering it more. When the hole was finally widened, the next challenge was getting the fallen elephant out. It was a sensitive job that would take several more hours to complete. Photo Credit: Credits

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