Astonishing moment elephant cries for help after antelope falls into the water in its enclosure

  • Heartbreaking becomes heart-melting after elephant works to save antelope
  • Huge bull at Guatemala zoo turns in distress and cries out as antelope struggles
  • The horned deer fell in the enclosure pond, prompting the elephant to call out
  • She even appears to offer her trunk to pull the helpless antelope out of the water
  • Luckily a brave rescue worker was on hand to save the day and take him out
  • Ex-circus elephant Trompita, 60, shares her enclosure with several antelopes

This is the heart-melting moment an elephant trumpets and turns around in distress after an antelope pal takes a tumble into a pool and begins to struggle.

Elephant Trompita, 60, shares her enclosure with a group of antelopes at La Aurora Zoo, Guatemala City.

Footage captured by visitor Maria Isabel Diaz Ruiz de Llarena shows Trompita do everything she can to help the antelope as it thrashes around in the water.

She wails, turns around in distress and even appears to offer her trunk to pull the animal out of the pond.  

Maria posted the video on Facebook and wrote: ‘Today, I was lucky enough to witness something very beautiful. 

‘An elephant seemed desperate to warn zookeepers that an antelope was drowning.

‘In the end, it was rescued by a brave worker.’

Luckily a brave rescue worker jumped in the pool and helped the antelope out by its horns

The elephant was seen turning around and trumpeting in panic (left) before a brave rescue worker jumped in the pool and helped the antelope out by its horns (right)

The antelope was seen thrashing around in the water, unable to find its way out. Trompita the elephant is seen offering its trunk for the antelope to cling on to

The antelope was seen thrashing around in the water, unable to find its way out. Trompita the elephant is seen offering its trunk for the antelope to cling on to

Several times the anxious tusker seems to offer the deer its trunk to try to pull it free

But as the elephant paces around the edge of the pool, one heroic zookeeper dives into the water to lift the antelope out.

Finally, the elephant seems to calm down as the deer runs off to rejoin its herd and onlookers let out a massive cheer.

Zoo vet Alejandro Striedinger said Trompita appeared to show affinity toward the antelope as she shares her enclosure with the species.

The zookeeper exposes himself to risk when he jumps into the water next to the flailing deer

The antelope is freed from the water and able to roam around free

The zookeeper exposes himself to risk when he jumps into the water next to the flailing deer (left). Right: the antelope is freed from the water and able to roam around free

But Striedinger added the antelope was never in any real danger as the pool has islands and shallow parts so the animals can always get out by themselves.

He said the incredible scene was ‘very beautiful’.

Trompita is 60 years old and has been at the Guatemalan zoo for 14 years.

She was rescued from a local circus where she was raised and forced to perform routines.

Trompita’s amazing feat follows images of a Sri Lankan baby elephant appearing to leap onto the back of its friend to take a rest.

Photographer Pathum Bandara said he was amazed by the sight.

Mr Bandara, 34, gushed: ‘Baby elephants are very playful, and whilst I was observing a heard of over 200 elephants I spotted these two messing around.

‘The little elephant looked like he was trying to steal a free ride as he rested on another! He looks so mischievous as he looked in my direction.’

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