Baby elephant rescued from well in central Vietnam

By Ngoc Quyen, Thanh Nien News

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A baby elephant pulled from a well in Dak Lak Province March 28, 2016. Photo courtesy of Dak Lak's Elephant Conservation Center A baby elephant pulled from a well in Dak Lak Province March 28, 2016. Photo courtesy of Dak Lak's Elephant Conservation Center

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Animal rescue officers in Dak Lak Province on Monday saved a baby elephant that fell into a five-meter deep well, possibly while looking for water.
Members from the Central Highlands province’s Elephant Conservation Center and forest rangers spent one hour pulling the elephant up, after tying a rope around its belly.
Local officials believed the elephant belongs of a herd of more than ten elephants which were traveling to a nearby lake for water.
They said the male elephant, around two months old, is too young to be sent back to the wild on his own. They are waiting for his mother to come find him and will have special experts take care of him if that does not happen.
The number of wild elephants in Vietnam has fallen from 2,000 in the 1980s to less than 100 recently.
More than 60 of them are living in Dak Lak alone.
Poaching and loss of habitat due to deforestation and farming activities are the main threats.

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