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January 17, 2013

Baby Elephant Rescued From Well in Eastern India

by VOA News

Forestry officials in India have come to the rescue of a baby elephant that apparently strayed from its herd and fell into a well in an eastern Indian town.

Towns people in Bundu town in India's eastern Jharkhand province say the animal was part of a herd, but went searching for food, and  failed to spot the open well. The animal's cries for help drew a large crowd of local residents.

Local authorities were summoned and after about five hours of digging with an earth-moving machine, were able to free the animal, believed to be about eight to nine months old.

Villagers cheered, then chased the elephant into the woods so it would not return to the town.

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The increased deforestation in India has led to habitat loss for animals, such as elephants, who are then driven to human settlements in search of food.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.