Elephant Saved – level 3
A female elephant that fell into a farm well near Palacode, India, was rescued late in the night, after a nearly 14-hour struggle.
The elephant had been roaming with two other elephants in the area before the incident. The farmer heard the cries of the animal and he alerted fire and rescue services. The well was about 17 meters deep and the water was at low level. However, rescuers had to pump it out before they could use trucks and cranes to pull the elephant out. Coconut tree leaves were dropped into the well to feed the animal before a veterinarian tranquilized her with two darts.
The elephant was released into the forest area from where it came, and according to officials, it was in a good condition.
Difficult words: well (a deep hole in the ground that people get water from), tranquilize (to make an animal or person become unconscious or calm), dart (a small thin object with a sharp point that is thrown by hand in a game or shot from a gun and can contain medicine inside it).
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