A family of African elephants escaped after being stuck in a muddy pool in Kenya.
Dr. Kiran Avery, 34, was part of a small team that rescued three elephants after they got stuck in mud near the dam’s reservoir.
A veterinarian and conservationist with previous experience rescuing elephants from similar situations has spearheaded the difficult rescue of three animals after receiving a call from the community.
In the photo: a family of three elephants – a mother and two children – managed to get bogged down in the mud in Kenya.
Environmentalist Dr. Kiran Avery, 34, from Kenya received a call from local community members about elephants trapped in the mud (pictured) and set about rescuing them from their predicament.
Dr. Avery said that with the help of a tractor (pictured in the background) and well belts, he and his team were able to free the elephants from their filthy prison. Most likely, they got stuck in the mud when they stopped by the water in the dam to drink.
The doctor said it took the team two hours to free the stranded elephants at the Aldoniro Community Reserve, Isiolo County in Kenya, and that the team required careful planning.
Dr. Avery said the process involves placing the belts so that the tractor can pull them out and that the elephant does not grab anyone with its trunk, which could cause serious injury to the team.
He added: “We suspect that Mom or one of the young people fell down first and then the others came in to see if they could help because they are very loyal to each other, but ended up stuck too.
Photo: Local residents (in the background) gather around a family of elephants trapped in the mud in Kenya as a rescue plan is hatched to rescue struggling and emaciated animals.
It is believed that one of two young elephants would be the first to fall into a muddy puddle. Elephants are loyal creatures, and the other two are believed to have fallen on their own when trying to help the boy escape.
According to Dr. Avery, the plan to rescue the elephants (pictured) was complicated by the fact that there were three of them. If the conservation team tries to rescue the beasts one at a time, the others will prevent rescuers from touching their companion.
Dr. Avery said after a successful attempt due to the risk of rescuing elephants (pictured) one at a time, all three elephants had to be rescued at the same time.
“Fortunately, no one was hurt – everyone was simply emaciated, especially a middle-aged man. It takes a lot of effort to move them all at the same time, because you cannot move one at a time, others will grab you.
“We had to be very coordinated and very efficient. They were all evicted at the same time and woken up at the same time. The smallest of the group immediately stood up, it was easy for her to stand up.
“It took a middle-aged man ten minutes to get up, and a mother even more, about 20-25 minutes.”
Photo: Local residents gather around a muddy pond in which three exhausted elephants are trapped in Kenya.
The muddy pool, in which the elephants were trapped, was next to the dam’s reservoir (pictured in the background). The elephants (pictured) were probably about to get drunk at the water’s edge when they got stuck in the mud.
Dr. Avery said the rescue process involves carefully positioning the straps so that the tractor can pull the elephants (pictured) and ensure that the elephant does not grab someone with its trunk, which could result in serious injury.
The rescue team at Aldoniro Wildlife Sanctuary, Isiolo County in Kenya took a total of two hours.
The two younger ones left together, and their mother followed them about 15 minutes later. They would meet very quickly, they can communicate over long distances.
“All in all, a really successful mission. One thing really worth looking into is the team effort of a range of organizations with different assets and skills.
“It’s really positive that elephant-owning communities report when they’re stuck like this, not just overwhelm them. Really shows the promise of community conservation here in Kenya. ”
In the photo: Three exhausted elephants lie on the ground after being pulled out of a muddy puddle by a tractor.
In the photo: the marks on the sand showed where the elephants were pulled out of the muddy puddle. They have been seen lying in the sun to regain their energy after wrestling in the mud.
In the photo: two young people were the first to get up from the ground after they were released. They wait with the elephant while she lies on the ground even longer.
After the rescue, two young elephants were seen joyfully running around the elephant, while she lay on the ground to regain some of her energy.
Pictured: One of the straps used to free the elephants is shown on the ground while the female elephant lies on the ground.
Last month, a lonely elephant got sick stuck in mud in the same place in Kenyaand Dr. Avery also comes to the rescue with his team using the same tried and tested methods.
Since 2021, African elephants are considered to be at high risk of extinction and are on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as poaching for the illegal ivory trade, are major threats facing these rare creatures.
Today, the genus of African elephants consists of only two species – the African bush elephant and the smaller African forest elephant. Four other African elephant species became extinct between the 18th and 20th centuries, and evidence of their existence has only been found in fossils.