GOALPARA, ASSAM, INDIA -- Forest officials and villagers came together in northeast India's Assam state to rescue an elephant that got trapped in a mud-pit.
Local media reports said that the adult male had been trapped since Wednesday (December 05).
While the animal continued to struggle for its freedom, poachers made the most of the opportunity and cut off its tusks.
Weakened by three days of struggling and not being able to feed, the elephant was unable to pull itself out when forest officials arrived at the scene on Saturday (December 08). Even the assistance of a tame elephant was insufficient to enable the trapped elephant to pull itself out of the mud....