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Elephant that fell into marshland in India dies despite 6-hour rescue operation

A vet administers glucose to Ayyappan after it was rescued from the marshland. The elephant was brought to the banks of the lake after nearly six hours of rescue operations but died while receiving treatment, according to the police. -- PHOTO: R
A vet administers glucose to Ayyappan after it was rescued from the marshland. The elephant was brought to the banks of the lake after nearly six hours of rescue operations but died while receiving treatment, according to the police. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mahouts and rescuers pull Ayyappan out of the marshland it fell into on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mahouts and rescuers pull Ayyappan out of the marshland it fell into on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A mahout ties a rope around Ayyappan. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A mahout ties a rope around Ayyappan. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A mahout ties a rope around Ayyappan after it fell in a marshland on the banks of the Vembanad Lake on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A mahout ties a rope around Ayyappan after it fell in a marshland on the banks of the Vembanad Lake on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A mahout ties a rope around Ayyappan after it fell in a marshland on the banks of the Vembanad Lake on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A mahout ties a rope around Ayyappan after it fell in a marshland on the banks of the Vembanad Lake on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A mahout ties a rope around Ayyappan after it fell in a marshland on the banks of the Vembanad Lake on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A mahout ties a rope around Ayyappan after it fell in a marshland on the banks of the Vembanad Lake on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A mahout prepares to tie a rope around an elephant named Ayyappan after it fell in a marshland on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Kochi, on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A mahout prepares to tie a rope around an elephant named Ayyappan after it fell in a marshland on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Kochi, on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

An elephant that fell into marshland on the banks of the Vembanad Lake in India on Tuesday has died, despite an intense six-hour rescue operation.

Dramatic pictures show Ayyappan the elephant looking lifeless in the marshland located on the outskirts of Kochi's southern Indian city before a mahout climbed on top of the animal to tie a rope around it.

Bystanders then helped to haul the elephant to safe ground.

The pachyderm was then administered glucose by a veterinarian but it still died. 

It is unclear how Ayyappan landed in the marshland.

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