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


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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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  • sitybyny-160347156625
    sitybyny-160347156625Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:26 am
    • justsara
      justsaraMonday, December 14, 2020 at 5:48 am
      Oh how terrible! Im so glad they got the poor thing out!!
      • hopeful
        hopefulThursday, November 5, 2020 at 8:00 am
        So sad🤯😟
        • mpt657
          mpt657Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 5:49 am
          im in tears thats so sad
          • flexy-123456789
            flexy-123456789Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1:30 pm
            • robloxmaster
              robloxmasterThursday, October 8, 2020 at 12:57 pm
              Soooo sad... he might miss hiss family!!!
              • mob339
                mob339Monday, October 5, 2020 at 2:14 pm
                Soooo sad. I was in tears I’m so glad they got him out 😅
                • fox1568
                  fox1568Monday, October 5, 2020 at 1:49 pm
                  so sad
                  • abm09
                    abm09Friday, October 2, 2020 at 5:20 pm
                    I think I know which rescue service rescued the elephant I saw a tv show that was about saving animals in India
                    • oja123oja123
                      oja123oja123Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 6:47 pm
                      i wached that tooo its on disney hotstar right?
                    • sofipro
                      sofiproFriday, October 2, 2020 at 11:27 am
                      I love elephants.❤️❤️❤️:)
                      • donthavecovid19
                        donthavecovid19Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 9:01 am
                        same the one at my local zoo died