A rescue in Cambodia saved 11 Asian elephants from a muddy death after they fell into an old bomb crater.
The herd — three adult females and eight juveniles — was discovered in the large crater in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary on March 24, covered in mud and unable to escape, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Local farmers notified the Cambodian Department of Environment, which called in the WCS to save the unfortunate pachyderms. [Watch Video of the Muddy Elephants Rescued from Pit]
“Too often, the stories around conservation are about conflict and failure, but this one is about cooperation and success,” Ross Sinclair, the country director for WCS in Cambodia, said in a statement. “That the last elephant to be rescued needed everyone to pull together on a rope to drag it to safety is symbolic of how we have to work together for conservation.”
The rescued elephants live in the Keo Seima …
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