Elephants don't always get enough credit for their intelligence and compassion. They truly are some of the most incredible creatures on Earth. There's a common misconception that they are clumsy and/or stupid because of their enormous size. In fact, however, elephants are among some of the most intelligent members of the animal kingdom and have possibly the best long-term memory recall on the planet.
While many observers thought that the elephant in this clip was digging a hole just for the sake of digging, the truth is far more heartbreaking. This was a mama elephant, and her calf had fallen into a well. Like any good mother, she was not willing to leave her baby behind, and was using her trunk and feet to dig out the well in order to rescue the calf. Unfortunately, her efforts actually made the situation worse, as she was inadvertently pushing more mud into the hole.
Unfazed and determined to do whatever it took, this mother kept digging for 11 long hours until some people finally heard the cries of distress and rushed in to provide much-needed assistance.
H/T: Caters TV