Endangered wild elephants rescued from hole left in ground from US bombing

Eleven endangered wild elephants have been rescued from the mud in Cambodia four days after they got stuck in a three metre deep hole.

Elephant (file picture). Source: 1 NEWS

A Wildlife Alliance official, Botumroat Lebun said the animals were rescued from the north-eastern province of Mondulkiri which is home to around 250 wild elephants.

Rescue team leader Keo Sopheak from the Mondulkiri environment department, said the elephants got stuck in a hole 10 foot deep when they went to drink water.

It is believed the hole was left over from the US bombing during the Vietnam War.

The elephants have been returned to the jungle and if it wasn't for the local villager’s rescuing the animals, they would've died from thirst and starvation.