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Sri Lankan Navy rescues drowning elephant from ocean - 16 kms off coast (video)

An elephant was rescued after it was washed away by swift currents near the Kokkilai town of Sri Lanka, at the island nation's northeastern coast.  The pachyderm was found struggling in the ocean 16kms from the shore by a patrol boat. The Navy was immediately alerted and they sprung into action.

Staff correspondent, NewsCrunch

An elephant was rescued after it was washed away by swift currents near the Kokkilai town of Sri Lanka, at the island nation's northeastern coast.

The pachyderm was found struggling in the ocean 16kms from the shore by a patrol boat. The Navy was immediately alerted and they sprung into action.

Another navy vessel with Department of Wildlife officials on board reached the spot and a daunting 12 hour rescue began.

Divers went up to the elephant and tied ropes to it. It was then carefully pulled near the shore and then released.

Asian elephants are known to be excellent swimmers. They are often found swimming from island to island in the Andaman archipelago. In fact, the first elephants in Sri Lanka reached the country by swimming through the Indian Ocean from South India.

However, Avinash Krishnan, a research officer from the conservation group A Rocha told The Guardian that the huge animals cannot swim for extended periods because of the mammoth energy consumption associated with it. Moreover, the salt water of the ocean was terrible for their skin. In that respect, the Navy's intervention was probably much needed.

Sri Lankan Navy rescues drowning elephant from ocean (video)

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