Baby Elephant Rescued From Lake After Getting Lost

An elephant calf has been saved by forest authorities after becoming separated from its mother.

The baby elephant became stranded in the Deepor Beel lake -- in India's northeastern Kamrup district -- and was guided out of the water by forest officials.

The National Disaster Response Force, with the help of local men with boats, also assisted.

Divisional forest officer from the Assam Zoo division, Tejas Mariswamy, said authorities' first priority was to reunite the calf with its mother.

The baby elephant became stuck in a lake. Image: Reuters

An increasing human population in India has depleted the habitat of wild animals, forcing them to stray into human settlements, attacking people and often being killed in response.

The elephant-headed god Ganesh is one of the most popular gods in the Hindu pantheon and is considered auspicious.

But its divine status has not saved the animals from killings, either due to speeding trains or vehicles, or conflicts with humans.