A lost elephant fell into the main canal of a village in eastern Sri Lanka, necessitating an ingenious rescue by using special rope ladders.
The elephant, estimated to be 25-years-old, had fallen into a canal in Welikanda near Polonnaruwa, eastern Sri Lanka, when wildlife officials decided to devise a plan.
After swimming alone for some time, it had to be driven down the canal towards a specially made ladder, using ropes, sticks and tyres.
Footage shows the elephant wade across the canal’s waters before spotting the specially crafted rope ladder made for him by the Department of Wildlife Conservation.
After conducting a 6-hour mission the wildlife officials, with the help of local villagers, successfully rescued the elephant, which immediately retreated back into the forest.