By Lisa Higgins

A BABY bull elephant has been rescued after falling into a well at a copper mine

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Videographer / director: HESC
Producer: Bunmi Adigun, Nick Johnson
Editor: Joshua Douglas, Ian Phillips

Amanzi was rescued from the well by staff members at Phalaborwa Copper mine in South Africa

Video footage shows staff at the Phalaborwa Copper mine in South Africa’s Limpopo Province franticly pull the calf out of a small dam of water on February 16.

The calf was left in his well by his herd after they failed to rescue him

The visibly stressed elephant is eventually pulled out of the well by the heroic staff members.

The name Amanzi means water in Zulu

It is believed the calf may have fallen into the well and left by its herd after it couldn’t escape.

The baby elephant was eventually taken to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Staff at the mine tried to reintroduce Amanzi to local elephant herds but he was rejected

Local journalist Mike Kendrick said: “A couple of people from Electrical Services at Phalaborwa Copper reported the stranded calf to the company's wildlife supervisor, Johann McDonald.

Amanzi is currently recovering at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC)
The animal centre is an hour away from the copper mine

“They got the baby out of the water and loaded him onto the back of a pick-up truck. They tried to reintroduce him to the breeding herds which were still in the vicinity."

Amanzi was in a bad state and dehydrated when he arrived at the HESC

After failed attempts to reintroduce the elephant to a nearby herd, an emergency rescue team were called to save the calf, which weighed just over a 100kg.

Dr. Rogers immediately hydrated the calf when it arrived

Dr. Michelle Henley of Elephants Alive rushed Amanzi the elephant, whose name means water in Zulu, to The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), an hour south of the mine, where he is now recovering.

Amanzi was underweight when he arrived at the animal centre

Dr. Rogers’ team at the HESC took over and immediately began to rehydrate the elephant, who remains in critical care.

Amanzi's future is still uncertain as rescue workers figure out what to do with him

HESC: “Although Amanzi’s future is still unclear, we will do our utmost best to ensure his survival.”