Owing to the large shape and enormous weight of the elephant, it is the last thing you would wish to see floating on large water bodies such as the oceans. Even the Sri Lanka Navy Forces were surprised to be called upon to rescue an elephant. The animal had been swept for about 10 miles away from the shore and was in trouble as it could not rescue itself. Maybe the navy would lend a helping hand, but who knows?
The elephant was noticed by the navy officers who were on their regular patrol just to ensure that everything in water was normal. They realized an elephant was floating in water helplessly, and they needed to act quickly for the elephant to have another chance to live. The elephant was, of course, was struggling on its own but every attempt that it made to rescue itself was a vain attempt. It could be seen using its long trunk to remain afloat.
The navy officials unanimously concluded that the elephant must have been carried away to see while attempting to cross a pool of water, known as the Kokkilai lagoon, that was bordering a nature reserve. This water body was strategically placed in between two jungles of the animal kingdom. Elephants have been seen more than once crossing it while traversing to the other side as it was a shortcut bridging the two juggles. So it was normal for them to take the shortcut, but on that day it seems it was an unlucky day for the elephant. Maybe the Kokkilai lagoon had overflown than usual.
Navy officials jumped into the water with their protective gear on ready for the action. There was no time to spare as they value the life of a single elephant. They bravely tied a rope all around the beast, and for the first time, they took control of it. We all know that it required a substantial amount of courage to execute such a task. Maybe they took advantage of the fact that the beast was helpless and would not react otherwise to its rescuers. In fact, one of the officials rode on the animal as they pulled it back to safety on the dry shore. That marked the end of the role of the Navy officials, and the wildlife officers took over from them.
The new team did an examination just to ensure that the elephant was not harmed and that it was safe to be released back to the jungle. The inspection yielded a positive result. The beast was lucky to get to safety without injuries. Those navy officers did a great work that deserves appreciation. They not only saved the elephant but also showed the beauty of teamwork. Unity is a strength.
Elephants can float or even swim in water. Many times they have been spotted swimming and using their trunk to give them a forward thrush and gasp air. Just like many other animals, they also can remain afloat on the water for a while regardless of their body weight and size. However, in this particular case, it was business unusual. The beast was caught off-guard, and it was helpless.
It is not known how long the elephant stayed in the water. It could have easily experienced the problem had it be left for a bit longer in water. One sure thing is that it could have become tired, too tired to keep floating on water, hence drown. Secondly, elephants have sensitive skin. Prolonged exposure to salt water could have ruined it completely. It was just a lucky day for it to have survived and escaped all the risks. Maybe, the elephant still had more days to live. A few more decades may be.
No one was as happy as the wildlife officers. They are the only one who understands the value of a life of just a single elephant. They did not hesitate to praise the Navy team which worked towards preserving their wildlife value. “We are so happy for the Sri Lanker Navy…to have saved such a beautiful animal.” One of the officers added.
It is amazing to see how the two teams worked in harmony to save the life of an elephant. That points to just one thing. Preserving the wildlife is a sole responsibility. They, we, you, I can do it.
You can drop your comments in the comments section if you have an opinion to add. Maybe about how best we can strive to save lives of the endangered species of animals that are preserved in our national game parks and game reserves.
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