Rescuers from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), an organization that has long worked in the region to save elephants in need, rushed to the scene. They noticed a herd of elephants in the distance, and hurried to free the baby to help his chances of finding his family again.
Rescuers also noticed tracks in the mud where a mother elephant had obviously tried tirelessly to pull her baby from the mud. It's believed he could have been struggling there for 12 hours.
"The calf’s mother had clearly tried desperately to save her calf and had nearly given up all hope," Rob Brandford, executive director of the DSWT in the UK, told The Dodo.
As people surrounded the baby, something surprising happened.