Sri Lanka’s navy made a daring rescue after an elephant was struggling to stay afloat in the sea off the island’s northeast coast.
The harrowing 12-hour mission was caught on camera and shows a member of the navy in the water tying a rope around the animal.
A ship then gently guides the mammal to dry land, NBC 3 Las Vegas reports.
The elephant was handed over to wildlife officials after it was rescued.
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Chaminda Walakuluge, a spokesman for the Navy, told the Straits Times the animal was most likely trying to cross the Kokkilai Lagoon when it got swept out into the ocean.
“They usually wade through shallow waters or even swim across to take a short cut,” he said. “It is a miraculous escape for the elephant.”
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