PETALING JAYA: A short clip of Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (Perhilitan) personnel freeing a female elephant stuck in a pool of mud has gone viral.
The 1-minute, 29-second clip, posted by Perhilitan on its Facebook page, was viewed more than 23,000 times in just six hours of it being posted.
The video shows a time lapse of the rescue operation, where an excavator is used to remove some mud around the animal and to dig a ramp out to solid ground.
The elephant struggles in the mud and loses balance a few times before it eventually makes it way out and ambles to freedom.
According to Perhilitan, it received a report was made on an elephant being trapped in mud after news of it became viral on social media.
Personnel from Pahang Perhilitan rushed to the Lesong Forest Reserve in Rompin as soon as the report was made..
"The elephant was successfully taken out and released back to its habitat," it added.
Perhilitan also thanked the public for their concern for the animal.
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