Sri Lanka elephant rescued from drowning

It took several boats a team of Navy divers and officials with Sri Lanka's Department of Wildlife to rescue the elephant

The Sri Lankan navy released dramatic footage of the moment it rescued a drowning elephant when the mammal was dragged out to sea by the current.

The fishermen were allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters about 12.5 nautical miles and 9.5 nautical miles North-West off Delft Island.

Believe it or not, finding an elephant frolicking in the sea is not all that unusual.

It took several boats, a team of navy divers, and wildlife officials to rescue the elephant.

The elephant - named Alliya Pulmoddai - was returned to shore and handed over to wildlife officials.

Avinash Krishnan, a research officer with the conservation group A Rocha, said the discovery of the animal so far from land was less remarkable than it seemed.

There are plenty of animals you might expect to run into while cruising the ocean waters 14 kilometres (eight miles) from the nearest shore. but an elephant?! But as elephants burn through a lot of energy swimming, it was plausible that the stranded elephant needed intervention. They are also equipped with trunks that act like anatomical snorkels, allowing the animals to breathe while their bodies are submerged beneath the waves. The elephant is reported to be in good health.

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