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Excavator used to free baby elephant from swamp

By Ben Hooper

March 13 (UPI) -- A dramatic rescue was caught on camera when Indian forest officials used an excavator to save a baby elephant that became stuck in a swamp.

The video, recorded Monday, shows officials using the construction vehicle to dig a path for the elephant calf to get out of the muck after villagers in Madihalli, Hassan, found it stranded the previous evening.

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Indian forest officials said the elephant had become exhausted trying to free itself from the swamp.

The video shows the excavator digging a path before gently nudging the elephant to get it back to solid ground.

The calf appears to attack the vehicle, causing its occupants to flee, but after a moment the pachyderm ran over to its herd, which was waiting nearby.

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