Rescuers have pulled an elephant calf to safety after it got trapped in a drain in Sri Lanka’s southern port city of Hambantota, a region where hundreds of wild elephants roam freely.

Port workers teamed up with wildlife officials to break open the drain near a main road, reach inside and rescue the animal.

Footage shows the rescue team standing around the drain trying to figure out what to do after realising the elephant is trapped. The baby elephant looks to be in distress as it waits to be rescued.

Another elephant – possibly its mother – watches on anxiously from the distance. A man begins to chip away from the paving around the drain to allow the elephant more space.

One man grabs under the elephant’s legs as he begins to lift him up from the drain. With the help of three other men, he eventually manages to release the very relieved elephant. They then give the elephant a check over before driving him to nearby animal hospital.

See the footage below:

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