Elephant Rescued from 20-foot Well

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World News: Elephant Rescued from 20-foot Well

Heather McConnell, Writer

An elephant in Western Bengal, India was recently rescued from the bottom of a 20-foot well. The animal allegedly made its way out of the Bishnupur Jungle all the way to Jalpaiguri. The elephant was found outside of Panagar army camp. Officials heard noises of distress coming from the inside of the well and they contacted the Burdwan Forest Department. The rescue team used cranes to get the 5-tonne animal lifted out of the well and a few days later they released it back into the wild.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, Indian elephants are an endangered species with only 20,000- 25,000 left in the entire world. There are many conservation programs that are dedicated to preserving earth’s natural wildlife including Indian Elephants. 

Locally, Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield is a part of local and global conservation efforts. They are an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums who help to better educate people on wildlife including Elephants. The AZA has donated $7.7 million in their conservation grants fund which supports over 400 conservation projects since 1991. A percentage of this money goes to elephants in the Asian region. With so few left in the wild this rescue was extremely important to the conservation and preservation of this unique species to continue to be able to survive on their own in the wild.