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Baby elephant trapped down a well in India

Report & Video by Sophie Foster

An elephant calf that strayed from its herd has been filmed at the bottom of a well near the town of Bundu in India.

The animal's cries for help drew a large crowd of local residents, who watched as the calf sloshed about in the shallow water, unable to escape due to the depth of the well.

"This calf was part of a herd, and was probably a lookout sent to scout the area and signal the others if it finds food. The animal probably did not see the well, and fell in as a result," said Vijay, a local resident.

The increased encroachment of forestland has led to habitat loss for animals such as elephants, who are then driven to human settlements in search of food.

The animal was later freed with the help of a JCB digger, which broke down the walls of the well.

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