Mother's love is a powerful thing.
In 2015 in India, a curious baby elephant wandered away from his mother and fell into a well that the local village used for drinking water. The little elephant tried his best, but he was unable to climb back out from the well. The poor little guy was stuck. However, his mother heard his cries and ran over to help. In the beginning, she didn't know how she could help get her precious baby out of the well, but she was determined to figure out the strange situation. As the little one continued crying out in fear, mama's maternal instincts went into overdrive, and she quickly got to work. She was going to dig him out.
The Daily Mail reported that the mother tried at first to hoist the baby up using her powerful trunk. However, as hard as she pulled, she was still unable to move him. Considering her options, she decided to start digging. Without concern for how tired it made her and how hard the work was, the mother elephant dug relentlessly to try to rescue her baby. Before long, a crowd of locals gathered to watch her as they tried to figure out what was causing all of the commotions. Unfortunately, the mother was nervous about humans being so near and she became defensive. She knew instinctively how vulnerable her baby was.
She also probably knew that as a distressed mother, she was vulnerable, too. She had a task that she needed to focus on. To keep from provoking the mother, the villagers just sat back and waited to see how long she would keep digging. No doubt they would have stepped in to help if needed. But they didn't need to. The mother elephant dug for 11 hours straight. At one point, everyone realized that she wouldn't stop even if it killed her. Before long, as the sun rose, another crowd formed to watch the loving mother at her task.
Since she was still having trouble, the villagers hatched a plan to help her by distracting her with some bananas while others went to work trying to remove the mud from the well. Once the well was shallow enough, the mother was able to wrap her trunk around her beloved baby and pull him out. They were both so happy. Watch this heartbreaking video below.