Tiny tusker in a mud muddle: Brave Thai park rangers rescue baby elephant in perilous plight

Photo courtesy of The Charlotte Observer

A group of intrepid park rangers in Thailand stumbled upon a lone baby elephant at Tat Mok National Park, trapped in mud up to its tiny ears, faced a perilous fate until the rangers stepped in.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) revealed that on January 11, vigilant park rangers discovered a baby elephant ensnared in mud, separated from its protective mother.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, rangers patiently bided their time, allowing the distressed elephant calf’s mother to circle nearby. When the coast was clear, the courageous rescuers leapt into action, pulling the calf from the clutches of the treacherous mud pit. Photos captured the heart-stopping moment as the rescuers comforted the tiny elephant, its eyes reflecting gratitude.

But the tale doesn’t end there. With the baby safely out of harm’s way, the rangers maintained a silent vigil, watching through the night for signs of the mother’s return. At the break of dawn, a collective sigh of relief swept through the park as the herd, with the majestic matriarch at the helm, approached the rescued youngster. With cautious optimism, the rangers withdrew, allowing the heartening reunion to unfold, reported The Charlotte Observer.

The herd embraced the tiny elephant, and as the massive creatures disappeared back into the forest, the rangers stood assured that their daring efforts had orchestrated a miracle in the heart of the Thai wilderness.

In related news, volunteers in Prachin Buri province warned reporters to watch out for wild elephants in Wang Tha Chang Subdistrict on January 8 during their visit. The Subdistrict Administrative Organisation and village headman were watching out for wild elephants from Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary, Chachoengsao Province, which migrated across the border.

In other news, The DNP sought a 50 million baht budget from the government to assist individuals whose lives have been disrupted by encounters with wild elephants.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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