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Park rangers rescue six baby elephants trapped in mud pit

Park rangers rescue six baby elephants trapped in mud pit

Rangers found the trapped elephants in a park in Thailand.


The young elephants trapped in a muddy pond (Department of Natural Park, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation via AP)
The young elephants trapped in a muddy pond (Department of Natural Park, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation via AP)

Rangers at a national park in north-eastern Thailand have rescued six baby elephants that were trapped in a mud pit.

Park officials said the elephants were unable to climb up the pit’s slippery banks. Rescuers took five hours on Thursday to dig a path for them to clamber out.

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(Department of Natural Park, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation via AP)

A video taken by rangers at Thap Lan National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima province showed the baby elephants climbing one by one from the muddy ditch.

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(Department of Natural Park, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation via AP)

The head of the park, Prawatsart Chantep, said rangers found the animals stuck in the pit on Wednesday afternoon. He said there were signs that a herd of elephants believed to be related to the trapped infants was circling the area.

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(Department of Natural Park, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation via AP)

It was unclear how the elephants became trapped.

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