Thursday, 13 July 2017

Elephant rescued 10 miles off Sri Lanka coast

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An elephant has been rescued after it was spotted desperately keeping its trunk above water while swimming five miles out to sea.

The rescue, which took 12 hours and involved the Sri Lankan navy, has been hailed as a 'miraculous escape' for the giant mammal.  
Navy spokesman Chaminda Walakuluge said the navy mounted the mission after spotting the elephant struggling to stay afloat off the island's northeast coast.

Divers aided by wildlife officials approached the distressed animal and tied ropes to it before towing it gently to shallow waters near the coast, where it was released late on Tuesday.

Daily Mail




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