Rescuers In Northeast India Use The Archimedes' Principle To Save An Elephant In Distress


Rescuers in Northeast India used the Archimedes' principle to rescue an elephant stranded inside a 25 foot deep well (Credit: Ramesh Pandey/Twitter)

An elephant, who accidentally fell into a dry, 25-foot deep well in Northeast India, lived to see another day thanks to the quick-thinking rescuers' scientific knowledge. The chain of events unfolded early in the morning on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, when residents of Amliya toli village, in the state of Jharkhand, awoke to the cries of the stranded pachyderm and called the forest department for help.

When the rescuers arrived, they instantly realized that pulling out the massive mammal, estimated to be about 30 years old, was not a feasible option. Fortunately, the forest department officials had been paying attention in their science class and were well aware of the Archimedes' principle. The physics law of buoyancy, which explains how ships stay afloat, states that when a body is partially or fully immersed in a fluid, it experiences an apparent loss in weight that is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the submerged part of the body.

The water helped lift the elephant up to the well's edge, from where it was able to pull itself out (Credit: Ramesh Pandey/Twitter)

In this case, that meant filling the well with enough water to displace the elephant's weight. It took the three motorized pumps over three hours to add the hundreds of gallons needed to enable the heavy mammal to float up to the surface. However, it was well worth the effort. The heartwarming video shows the villagers cheering as the animal, using the makeshift ramp excavated by the rescue team, pulls itself out of the well and scampers away to safety in the nearby forest.


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  • caramelrainbow
    caramelrainbowSaturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:56 am
    I am so glad the elephant was OK.
    • deadpool9
      deadpool9Friday, February 14, 2020 at 12:30 pm
      THis is so sad but it never give up never ever
      • deadpool9
        deadpool9Friday, February 14, 2020 at 12:29 pm
        it is sad
        • eshaal303
          eshaal303Friday, February 14, 2020 at 5:41 am
          this was sad
          • dogyloveralways
            dogyloveralwaysThursday, February 13, 2020 at 12:33 pm
            This is so sad but im glad the elephant never gave up
            • yortlovesdog123
              yortlovesdog123Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 9:09 am
              this is super duper sad i cried
              • lolcattyone
                lolcattyoneThursday, February 13, 2020 at 7:39 am
                I'm so glad That they saved the elaphant
                • wyatt228
                  wyatt228Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 7:21 am
                  so sad
                  • knnnguyen
                    knnnguyenWednesday, February 12, 2020 at 7:13 pm
                    Good thing they save the elephant! We need more good people in this world!!!
                    • lolcattyone
                      lolcattyoneWednesday, February 12, 2020 at 4:17 pm
                      I thought he/she would die but the elaphant survived yay
                      • dogyloveralways
                        dogyloveralwaysThursday, February 13, 2020 at 12:42 pm
                        it was a boy
                        • dogyloveralways
                          dogyloveralwaysThursday, February 13, 2020 at 12:42 pm
                          it said in the article
                          • lolcattyone
                            lolcattyoneThursday, February 13, 2020 at 4:36 pm
                            Oh I must have missed it