Navy rescues elephant swept out to sea

It took several boats a team of Navy divers and officials with Sri Lanka's Department of Wildlife to rescue the elephant

It took several boats a team of Navy divers and officials with Sri Lanka's Department of Wildlife to rescue the elephant

A naval Fast Attack Craft first noticed the odd anomaly in the water - an Asian elephant being dragged out into the ocean off the coast of Kokkilai, Sri Lanka.

The rescue took 12 hours, according to a Navy official.

The waters around Trincomalee, which was used by Allied forces as a staging post during the Second World War, have a high concentration of blue and sperm whales, while the surrounding jungles have herds of wild elephants. The animal was finally rescued near Yan Oya area of Pulmodai, south of Kokilai.

The elephant is believed to have been swept out to sea while crossing Kokkilai lagoon.

A group of officials from the Department of Wildlife Conservation also joined the task providing necessary instructions which became extremely vital in the rescue mission.

He said Asian elephants regularly traversed short distances through the water, including in the Andaman Islands, an Indian archipelago, where they have been observed swimming between the small landforms.

It's not the first time the navy has rescued elephants. In a nightmarish experience, this jungle-cat fell into the well, which was over 80-feet deep and had water at a level of up to 20-feet.

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