This was the moment a baby elephant was rescued from a muddy bog—using a digger.
The infant male elephant became trapped in a swamp overnight, and his distressed noises drew the attention of villagers.
The Indian Forest Department was called in to help with the rescue, in the village of Madhihalli, in Karnataka, southwest India.
The creature can be seen at first unsuccessfully attempting to climb out of the muddy pit. It later manages to make its way out through a channel dug up by the excavator.
Bhagya Lakshmi, who works for Wildlife Animal Activists said, “Since summer is hot all living creatures need water and food, so they enter in human habits in search of water and food.”