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Thailand: Veterinarians saved trapped elephants by performing CPR

In a dramatic moment captured on camera, a trapped mother elephant and her calf are rescued from a golf course drain after resuscitating an unconscious jumbo with CPR.

A one-year-old elephant calf slipped into a concrete drain at a golf course during monsoon rains in Thailand’s Nakhon Nayak province. The distressed mother refused to release her calf, but she too collapsed soon after she fainted.

A veterinarian, national park staff and volunteers swung into action to perform CPR on the animal in an attempt to revive it. Rescuers used a truck-mounted boom lift to lift the mother out before climbing on top of the mother to perform simultaneous cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Meanwhile the digger cleared the earth so that the worried calf could come out of the slippery soil. The calf began to feed its mother, who soon regained consciousness, and both were able to return to the forest.

A twitter user wrote  “A veterinarian and national park staff saved an elephant mother in Thailand after they performed CPR on her Wednesday The elephant fainted from stress after her calf fell and got stuck in a hole. They were both rescued and safely walked back into the wild.”

Sky News reported that Khao Yai National Parks Department veterinarian, Dr Chananya Kanchanasarak, said: “It was impossible to go near the baby when the mother was near, so we gave her three doses of tranquilizers but before she passed out and hit moved towards her child. His head.” According to The Guardian, the rescue operation took about three hours to complete.

“Wow! What a crazy experience. Those people are true heroes,” a user wrote.

Another user commented, “Heroes in my book.”

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