Don’t be such a stick in the mud, Mum! An elephant and her calf, once trapped in sticky mud, were heartwarmingly pulled to safety, a vivid illustration of maternal protection and resilience against nature’s challenges

The unfortunate animals had been stuck for two days after they ventured into soft, boggy terrain, with their weight pressing down into the earth and causing them to sink below the surface.

Conservationists and volunteers rallied together to free the majestic animals, using large straps and ropes to pull them free

It is believed the pair got stuck while on a quest for water – a task which becomes increasingly fraught with danger during a drought because it forces the animals onto treacherous terrain.

The mother elephant is thought to have lost her footing on the sodden ground, and while trying to haul herself back to her feet only managed to force herself further into the earth.

Her calf, trying to rush to her aid, also slipped and became stuck as his feet plunged below the surface.

An elephant and her calf became trapped when they sank into soft, muddy ground near a dam in Kenya

Conservationists from The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust came across the pair after they had been trapped for two days

Conservationists and volunteers rallied together to free the majestic animals, using large straps and ropes to pull them free

Volunteers got knee deep into the mud and started digging with their hands to loosen up the earth caked around the elephants’ legs

Once they had managed to free the beast from the mud, they attached a large strap to her body and pulled her free with a tractor

A conservationist looks on as the baby elephant, just freed from its predicament, runs to help and comfort its mother who remains trapped

The baby elephant can be seen trying to nudge its mother free in this heart-wrenching image

After much toil on behalf of the conservationists and volunteers, the pair were freed from the soft ground and pulled to stronger terrain

The pair were ultimately freed successfully and without injury thanks to the work of the conservationists and volunteers. They can be seen triumphantly trotting off back to freedom

Fortunately, members of The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – an organisation in Kenya which operates one of the nation’s largest orphan elephant rescue and wildlife rehabilitation programmes – descended on the scene and dove into the mud.

Knee-deep in the marsh, workers shovelled dirt away with their hands and loosened the earth just enough so the elephants could be dragged to freedom by a set of huge straps and ropes, attached to the back of a tractor.

After much hard work on the part of the conservationists, the elephants were pulled free and were seen triumphantly trotting off back to freedom.

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