Rescue staff and villagers in southern India hoisted an elephant out from the bottom of a well on Friday in an operation which stretched over 14 hours.
A farmer heard the cries of the elephant in the well and alerted local authorities who arrived at the 55 foot-deep well with a team of fifty people.
Despite the depth of the well, the water inside was shallow and was pumped out to make it easier to access the 25-year-old elephant.
Concerned villagers dropped banana leaves down the well for the elephant to eat as the rescue attempt got underway, according to local media reports. Two excavators, trucks and a crane were used in the operation, which brought the elephant out, unharmed a little after midnight.