Baby elephant rescued from well

(REUTERS) - It was a challenge of jumbo proportions…

How to rescue a baby elephant from the uncovered well into which it had fallen.

In this part of southern India, both animals and people frequently meet their end in the uncovered wells and manholes that dot the countryside…so it was fortunate for this particular elephant that a digging machine was close to hand.

Slowly but surely, as the digger did its work, the elephant began to make its way out.

..and then…freedom….

For local villagers it was a triumph. For the elephant, a chance to live another day.