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Elephant gets a leg up after falling down deep well

THIS is the moment an elephant that fell down a well was rescued — and hauled to safety by a crane and winch strapped to its legs.

The young animal toppled 50ft after it was chased by dogs in the village of Panchapali in southern India’s Tamil Nadu yesterday.

The animal had been roaming around in the region with two other elephants for the past few days.

But it was rescued following a 16-hour struggle by a team of wildlife vets.

They were lowered into the deep well to administer tranquillising darts to the stricken animal.

The elephant was then tied to a heavy-duty crane on the ground using rope-like belts and lifted to the surface.

Well happy: The elephant is finally released after its ordeal PICTURES: SWNS

Two excavators, trucks and cranes were on hand to pull the animal safely out of the well.

During its time stranded below ground, coconut leaves were dropped down to feed the elephant, which will be released into a nearby forest after a health check.