JASON STRAZIUSO, The Associated Press
NAIROBI, Kenya — How do you pull a baby elephant out of a deep hole? A rope and a Land Rover. Then the payoff: A frantic baby elephant sprints to mom.
A heartwarming video of the rescue in Kenya gained masses of viewers Thursday. It shows a potentially dangerous faceoff with the mother elephant and the struggle to get her 8-month calf out of a 5-foot watering hole.
Vicki Fishlock of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, based in Kenya's Amboseli National Park, faced down the mother with her Land Rover. After 30 minutes, her team pulled the baby out, and it then ran toward its mother.
Elephants across Africa are fighting for survival. Expanding human settlements is increasing the human-animal conflicts. Worse, elephants are being slaughtered by the thousands for their ivory tusks.