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Baby Elephant Trapped In India Well Is Saved

An elephant calf that had fallen into a well after straying from its herd in eastern India has been rescued.

The baby elephant had been trapped in the well near the village of Bundu, in the country's eastern state of Jharkhand, since Wednesday.

Its age is estimated at eight or nine months.

Residents were alerted by the calf's cries for help as it struggled to find a way out, and called forest officials.

The rescuers used diggers to create a passage and help the baby elephant escape.

On Thursday, they succeeded after five hours of digging, to the cheers of locals gathered around the well to watch the operation.

The baby elephant slipped into the passage but soon got stuck under the bulldozer's wheels. Rescuers tilted the vehicle on one side to finally set the calf free.