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After finding a baby Elephant hopelessly stuck in a mud hole rescuers set out to rescue the baby before he injured himself or died from exhaustion and the dramatic rescue was all caught on tape.
The temperature in Chirundu can rise to above 100 degrees in direct sunlight, noted Crooks.
Crooks and the hunters used a rope to pull the trapped baby upright. Perhaps not knowing it was being rescued, as soon as the elephant was on its feet it became combative.
“He was quite aggressive and lunged at us with his trunk, but eventually we managed to get a rope underneath him,” crooks told Caters.
“We attached a rope to a winch on our jeep and started pulling, and slowly but surely he came out,” he added.
Once being freed, the elephant tried to charge.
“After two or three pulls he was out and up, and all hell broke loose. The young bull charged us immediately. Fortunately, the rope slackened and came off and he was free to join a nearby herd of elephants,” Crooks told Caters.
When the hunters went to check on their new friend the next day, they discovered it was reunited with his mother and sister.
Elephants like taking mud baths because they cannot sweat, according to the Earth Times.
The mammals not only take mud baths to cool down, but the sludge also protects their skin from the sun’s rays.