In one of the greatest escapes, a giant elephant was saved by Sri Lankan Navy from sea about eight nautical miles off the shore of Kokilai, a town on the north-east coast of the island nation, AFP reported. As per the report, the elephant was dragged away by the water. Noticed by Navy patrol boat because of its huge size, the animal soon got assistance from Navy divers sent to the area for help. The Navy, helped by wildlife department officials, pulled the elephant toward the coast. The animal was finally rescued near Yan Oya area of Pulmodai, south of Kokilai. The elephant was later handed over to the wildlife officials for further help. Navy spokesman Chaminda Walakuluge has said the team mounted the 12-hour rescue after spotting the jumbo struggling to stay afloat.
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Video: Rescuers save drowning elephant from ocean current – https://t.co/FFwQs44EV7 pic.twitter.com/5hbqxYLvBj
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Walakuluge speculated that the animal may have swept mid-sea while crossing the Kokkilai lagoon, a large stretch of water that lies between two areas of jungle. “They usually wade through shallow waters or even swim across to take a short cut,” he said. In a somewhat similar incident, Forest Department officials in Gir had rescued a lioness from a well three days ago. In a nightmarish experience, this jungle-cat fell into the well, which was over 80-feet deep and had water at a level of up to 20-feet. The reports said that villagers took note of animal’s cry in the morning and found the lioness inside the well. They then called the forest department.