Once tranquilized, the agitated elephant sluggishly walked around for about an hour before she became fully unconscious and collapsed - right into a deep pond. From there, it was a race against time to pull the elephant out of the water before she drowned.
"Hundreds of villagers came to its rescue when they saw the elephant had lost consciousness," Sayed Hossain, a veterinarian at the scene of the rescue, told AFP. "Dozens jumped into the pond and helped us tie the animal with ropes and chains. And finally, with the help of hundreds of villagers, we were able to pull it to dry ground."