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Friday, October 26, 2012

A Dramatic Rescue in Kenya

On October 8, in Kenya, there was an 8-month-old elephant that fell and got stuck in a well.  The well is 5-feet-deep and is located near Kenya's Amboseli National Park.

It took about 30 minutes to get the baby elephant out of the well. While two people started to put a rope around the baby, a woman named Vikie Fishlock from the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, made a high-pitched sound to scare the mother (Zombe) away. With the mother elephant away, the rescue team got the rope around the elephant. Then, Fishlock used her Land Rover to pull him out of the well. Fishlock realized that the mother was coming, but she believed that the mother finally realized that they were trying to help her baby. She did not become aggressive and try to attack.

The next day, a 3-month-old baby elephant fell in the same well.  Once it got out it was sent to an elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya's capital city.

In the following video, Kennedy interviews Claire about the elephant rescue. Mia ran the Flipcam.


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