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Alarmed locals stage risky rescue to save elephant trapped in well

A trapped elephant who fell into a well 25 feet (7.6 meters) deep in Sri Lanka was eventually freed by locals following a harrowing and risky rescue mission staged by the concerned community. The incident reportedly happened on Saturday.

After the locala noticed the beast predicament, dozens of them banded together to save the distressed elephant who was struggling to escape the narrow and steep well in Welikanda, eastern Sri Lanka.

The Video footage from the scene shows the group using a combination of mini-digger and their bare hands to chisel away at the side of the well to give the elephant some space to manoeuvre.

After over an hour or so of tough work, they eventually eroded the brick enough for the elephant to attempt to maneuver its way out.

When the animal continued to struggle, the group filled the well with soil and gravel to give it some foot hold.

Their incredible efforts finally paid off as the plucky elephant was freed, before being guided by firecrackers and delighted cheers back into the wild.
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