A baby African elephant became stuck in the mud right outside the Kapani lagoon in Zambia. In an effort to get her baby out, the mother also became stuck in the sinking muddy grave.
The pair were rescued after a two-hour battle against heat, dehydration, and rapidly drying mud by wildlife officials and conservationists of the South Luangwa Conservation Society together with Zambia Wildlife Authority.
After an hour in the baking hot midday sun they managed to get the baby out, only for her to go straight back into the mud to get closer to mum.
They finally got the baby out and away from the gluey mud after another two attempts and were able to focus on the more difficult task of getting mom out.
With a lot of man and tractor power and some incredibly large rope, an exhausted but healthy mother was finally unstuck and managed to wobble off to the rest of her herd.
Check out the photos of the dramatic rescue: