Heartwarming moment locals rescue three elephants helplessly trapped in muddy swamp using diggers 

Heartwarming moment locals rescue three elephants helplessly trapped in muddy swamp using diggers

Locals used diggers to help make a slope for the group of trapped elephants The pit in northeastern India had been dug for use by electricity departmentPeople watched on as the rescuers dug up large chunks of mud to save the herd 

This is the heartwarming moment a locals used diggers to rescue a group of elephants who had become stuck inside a deep swampy pond. 

The locals gathered around the water where the elephants had got themselves stranded in Lakhipur of Goalpara, northeastern India on Wednesday.  

In the footage, the three animals can be seen standing the watery mud which almost covers their entire bodies and writhing around.  

Three elephants had become stuck in a swampy pond in in Lakhipur of Goalpara, northeastern India on Wednesday

Locals helped rescue the stranded animals by using diggers to claw out the mud and help create a slope for them to walk up

Locals helped rescue the stranded animals by using diggers to claw out the mud and help create a slope for them to walk up

They can be seen struggling to climb out of the mud, but are unable to do so because of the depth of the steep-sided pit and their heavy bulk.

Later, two diggers can be seen digging out walls of the hollow in order to make a gentle slope for the elephants to climb out of.

The deep pit the animals were stuck in had been dug out to be used by the local electricity department.

After lots of digging, onlookers cheered as they watched the trapped animals emerge out of the water to safety

After lots of digging, onlookers cheered as they watched the trapped animals emerge out of the water to safety

Unfortunately it turned into a trench of distress for the huge animals as people watched the rescue mission unfold.

All three of the elephants were safely rescued in the operation and all of them later walked back into the wild without causing any harm to humans.

Onlookers cheered as the newly-freed animals walked away from the stressful ordeal.