Rescuers In Northeast India Use The Archimedes' Principle To Save An Elephant In Distress


Rescuers in Northeast India used the Archimedes' principle to rescue an elephant stranded inside a 25 foot deep well (Credit: Ramesh Pandey/Twitter)

An elephant, who accidentally fell into a dry, 25-foot deep well in Northeast India, lived to see another day thanks to the quick-thinking rescuers' scientific knowledge. The chain of events unfolded early in the morning on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, when residents of Amliya toli village, in the state of Jharkhand, awoke to the cries of the stranded pachyderm and called the forest department for help.

When the rescuers arrived, they instantly realized that pulling out the massive mammal, estimated to be about 30 years old, was not a feasible option. Fortunately, the forest department officials had been paying attention in their science class and were well aware of the Archimedes' principle. The physics law of buoyancy, which explains how ships stay afloat, states that when a body is partially or fully immersed in a fluid, it experiences an apparent loss in weight that is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the submerged part of the body.

The water helped lift the elephant up to the well's edge, from where it was able to pull itself out (Credit: Ramesh Pandey/Twitter)

In this case, that meant filling the well with enough water to displace the elephant's weight. It took the three motorized pumps over three hours to add the hundreds of gallons needed to enable the heavy mammal to float up to the surface. However, it was well worth the effort. The heartwarming video shows the villagers cheering as the animal, using the makeshift ramp excavated by the rescue team, pulls itself out of the well and scampers away to safety in the nearby forest.


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  • galaxyprincess
    galaxyprincessWednesday, June 17, 2020 at 6:18 am
    Thank god! I have family in India, I wonder if they knew. ❤👍💕
    • lovebooks123
      lovebooks123Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 10:27 am
      I feel so bad for the elephant he/ she at least made it out alive
      • leiker1414
        leiker1414Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6:51 pm
        But, That's a waste of water. But at least they rescued it.
        • leiker1414
          leiker1414Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6:49 pm
          Aww the elephant is like save me, save me.
          • animal_love
            animal_loveWednesday, May 27, 2020 at 10:52 am
            This happened in India and I visit India all the time it's so fun we see elephants and monkeys.If you the elephant was cute follow me and I'll follow you but say in the comment that Animal_Love is right that the elephant is so cute.
            • 2033275
              2033275Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 10:30 am
              sooo cute im so happy thay saved him
              • animal_love
                animal_loveWednesday, May 27, 2020 at 10:53 am
                2033275 you are right the elephant is so cute and I'm so happy he got saved.
              • prather1234ps
                prather1234psFriday, May 22, 2020 at 1:41 pm
                YEAH IT WAS!
                • niwycuho-158573665673
                  niwycuho-158573665673Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 3:26 pm
                  it looked so adorable
                  • qzzoot
                    qzzootWednesday, May 13, 2020 at 7:34 am
                    It is sweet that they helped it out of the well. And using the science method was smart.
                    • myfesuwi-158506341246
                      myfesuwi-158506341246Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 10:40 am
                      If the people did not see the baby elephant it will be dead and thank you for having such kind hearts to help the elephant.