With the help of a backhoe from the highways office of Chachoengsao, seven elephants were successfully rescued from a pond in Bang Ang Ta Poeng after they fell into the pond since about 2 am on Sunday(Nov 12).
Mr Decha Nilvichien, chief of Khao Ang Ruenai wildlife sanctuary, said that the backhoe which arrived at Bang Ang Ta Poeng village at about 8 am dug up the soil to form a slope leading to the pond allowing the trapped elephants to walk out of the pond.
He said that two elephants firstly walked out from the pond, then followed by one elephant after another until all the animals were out of danger at about 8.40 am.
However, Mr Decha said a team of forest rangers was sent to follow the herd into the jungle toward Ban Noen Krabok in Tha Takiab district of Chachoengsao.
The seven elephants, including two babies, accidentally fell into the pond as they were scouring for food in a rubber plantation in Ban Ang Ta Poeng. They were unable to get out because the embankment of the pond is steep and slippery.