When a group of men on a buffalo hunt in Chirundu, Zimbabwe, came across a three-year-old elephant stuck in the mud, they dropped everything to rescue it.
The group was accompanied by professional photo guide named Norman Crooks, who captured the daring rescue on camera. While the elephant’s mother was nearby, she was unable to help her baby. As she stood snorting and grunting, the men tied a rope around the baby and began to pull it from the mud with the help of their Jeep. According to Crooks, there wasn’t much time to waste. The sun was beating down and the elephant was already exhausted from the struggle.
At any moment, the mother elephant could have charged and injured one of the men, but they risked it all to pull her baby out of the mud.
Hooray! Thanks to these kind men, this cutie can go back to being her adorable self. Just watch out for the mud next time, okay?