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Dehydrated elephant drinks 26 gallons of water during muddy well rescue

By Ben Hooper
Dehydrated elephant drinks 26 gallons of water during muddy well rescue
A rescuer pours water into a thirsty elephant's trunk during a muddy well rescue. Screenshot: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy/Facebook video

ISIOLO, Kenya, March 7 (UPI) -- Rescuers poured about 26 gallons of water into a thirsty elephant's trunk after the large animal became stuck in a muddy well.

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Isiolo, Kenya, posted a video to Facebook showing the dehydrated elephant being given water poured into its trunk after the mammal was trapped overnight in a muddy well at a Northern Rangelands Trust community conservancy.

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The Facebook post said Lewa Wildlife Conservancy rescuers were assisted by the Northern Rangelands Trust, Save the Elephants and members of the public.

Rescuers said the elephant was dehydrated when they arrived and drank about 26 gallons of water before volunteers were able to pull him from the well using three cars.

The elephant did not appear to have incurred any serious injuries during its ordeal and was able to walk away from the scene after being rescued, the conservancy said.

Saving an Elephant's LifeWhat a quick and amazing collaboration today by Lewa, the Northern Rangelands Trust, Save the Elephants and a community to save an elephant's life!Stuck overnight in a well at an NRT community conservancy, the trust this dehydrated and scared wild animal showed in his rescuers was beyond incredible. 100 litres of water later, lots of digging, pulling, 3 cars and the whole community behind him, the joint team managed to get him out and he walked away. Community ownership of wildlife works. Thank you to all those that helped!Video by Batian Craig#elephant #rescue #nature #animals

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Posted by Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on Saturday, March 5, 2016

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