The team pumped water into the well using motorised pipes causing the elephant to float up. The mammal then climbed out of the well with the help of a ramp dug out by the rescue team.
The forest department of Jharkhand is being praised on social media after a video of a rescue of an elephant that was stuck in a well went viral. The video went viral after it showed how officials used the Archimedes principle to rescue the elephant calf.
Forest department officials said they were alerted by villagers who found an elephant calf inside a well in the Gumla district on Tuesday.
The rescue operations reportedly started around 7 am and went on for about three hours before the elephant was rescued using the upward buoyant force theory.
Applying the famous principle, the rescue team filled the well with water using motorised pipes. The struggling elephant floated to the top of the well and it was able to climb out of the well through a ramp that was dug for it to climb out.
Watch the video here:
The video was shared by Indian Forest Service official Ramesh Pandey on his Twitter feed. The official also praised the Divisional Forest Officer of Gumla and his team for the rescue plan.
Heartwarming pictures of how intelligently the team @dfogumla and villagers using Archimedes’s physical law of buoyancy save an elephant calf who had fell in a well. They pumped water into well to float the elephant to surface. Great work. @Forest_Dept_GOJ pic.twitter.com/DP8ydrctsp
— Ramesh Pandey IFS (@rameshpandeyifs) January 30, 2020
Here's how people reacted to the video:
— Dr.Dahale S S (@dahaless) January 31, 2020
The best part is the sensitivity shown towards wild life preservation by the villagers. No doubt heart warming
— Yashovardhan Azad (@yashoazad) January 31, 2020
Amazing! Science at its best. Great example to show to kids during Physics lesson! They will get to learn both science & love to animals
— Vijay Mohankumar (@VijiMohankumar) January 30, 2020
Amazing, they have set an example for others to follow in similar emergency situations
— GodsonOrganicFarm (@FarmGodson) January 30, 2020
Amazing. Wonderful effort by him.
— @alanjha (@alankjha58) January 30, 2020
Smart thinking by the team @dfogumla and villagers ... Amazing story to narrate to school children on how they can apply their learning in school to real life :- )
— Sujit Panigrahi (@sujitpanigrahi) January 30, 2020
Once me and my friends rescued a buffalo In my village, Same as this.
— gautam gupta (@gautamg88651882) January 30, 2020
What an idea sir ji! Practical application of theory. I would have never thought about it if left alone. Great to see forest department doing wonderful job! Keep it up!!👌🏻🙂
— Nishad Kulkarni (@nishadkulkarni) January 30, 2020
Marvelous example of traditional scientific knowledge of the village. In day to day activities more people are using such knowledge to live their lives in comfortable ways.
— Niraj Singh@DPPQS. (@NirajSingh701) January 30, 2020
And just in case you're not familiar with the scientific principle, the Archimedes principle that is also known as the physical law of buoyancy, says that any body partly or completely submerged in a fluid is acted upon by an upward force. The magnitude of the upward force is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the body.