Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 July 2019

Watch: Baby elephant rescued from lake in India

See how a calf who couldn't find its way out of a plant-filled reservoir was saved after becoming separated from its mum

An elephant calf was rescued from a lake by forest authorities on Friday, after becoming separated from its mother in India's north-eastern Kamrup district.

The baby elephant became stranded in the Deepor Beel lake and was guided out of the water by forest officials and the National Disaster Response Force with the help of local men with boats.

Divisional forest officer from the Assam Zoo division, Tejas Mariswamy, said authorities' first priority was to reunite the calf with its mother.

An increasing human population in India has depleted the habitat of wild animals, forcing them to stray into human settlements, attacking people and often being killed in response.

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