A Ranger Carries A Baby Elephant On His Back: The Heroic Rescue.

The mission of the forest guards is to safeguard the agro-forestry heritage, to protect the environment and in particular the woods, forests, and parks. Very often they are faced with challenges that require commitment and dedication, especially when animals are in particular difficulty. Dipika Bajpai, Indian Forest Service official Dipika Bajpai, filmed the rescue carried out by Palanichamy Sarathkumar and shared it on Twitter. The video quickly went viral and the guard was called a hero.


image credit: susantananda3 / twitter

In southern India, the Tamil Nadu ranger carried an elephant calf that fell into a ditch on his shoulders. The guard was on his way home from a night shift when he received a call warning him of the situation: a baby elephant was blocking the road, he was tired and confused. The little one was actually trapped in the mud after falling into a canal. Initially, Palanichamy and his colleagues wanted to take him to his mother’s house, which was across the road. However, there was a risk of scarring and agitating him, so the man decided to carry the little one alone.


image credit: susantananda3 / twitter

After transporting the little one for about 50 meters, he placed it near a water point, hoping that the mother would find it. After several hours, she still had not arrived and the team, fearing that their presence would be inconvenient, returned home. When the guard returned the next day, he no longer found the baby elephant but the footprints of an adult elephant on the ground: the mother and son were definitely reunited and returned to the forest.


image credit: susantananda3 / twitter

With the publication of the video, which quickly received over 9,000 views, the ranger received many messages of support. People congratulated him and were amazed at his strength and determination: all the inhabitants of his village asked him how he managed to carry on his shoulders an elephant which – although a baby – must have weighed around 90-100 kg. Palanichamy said the animal was very heavy, but the adrenaline and fear helped him make this effort. He was afraid of losing his balance, but his companions intervened and helped him carry the animal.

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