Over the weekend, 11 Asian elephants were rescued in Cambodia's Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary from a mud-filled old bomb crater that dates to the Vietnam War.
The hole's roughly 10-foot walls were too high for the herd to scale and, as the mud dried, the elephants became further entrenched.
The hole itself had been enlarged by farmers to store water. When they discovered the elephants in it, they notified the Department of Environment, who in turn notified WCS to mobilize a rescue.
The team helped water and feed the elephants to hold them over while a ramp could be constructed for the elephants to escape.
A few hours after the work began, all were free.
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