Elephant saves baby trapped in debris

Rampaging elephant smashes house to bits then turns back to rescue crying baby from the rubble

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A rampaging elephant smashed through a house in an Indian village, but then stopped to free a baby from the rubble.

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According to the Independent, Dipak Mahato and his wife Lalita say the male elephant attacked their house but then turned back to save their 10-month-old daughter who had been trapped in the wreckage.

Dipak said his family were eating an evening meal when they suddenly heard a crashing sound coming from the bedroom.

He said: “We were shocked to see the wall in pieces and a tusker standing over our baby.

“She was crying and there were huge chunks of the wall lying all around and on the cot.

“The tusker started moving away but when our child started crying again, it returned and used its trunk to remove the debris.”

“I can’t believe that the tusker saved my daughter after breaking down the door and smashing a wall.” 

The girl was taken to hospital with external injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Elephants going on the rampage and damaging farms and villages is on the increase, mostly due to the loss of elephants’ natural habitat. In India, elephants kill around 150-200 people a year.

Perhaps this elephant was a doting dad.

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