Forest Officials Use Archimedes Principle to Rescue Elephant from Well
On January 28, an elephant was rescued by the forest officials after its fall into a 25-feet deep well in the north-eastern state of Jharkhand. The forest officials used Archimedes principle to rescue the animal, which accidently fell into a well in Amliya toil village of Gumla district.
On seeing the distressed animal, the locals called the forest department for help. Forest officials rushed to the scene at around 7 am on Tuesday. The rescue team smartly applied the Archimedes’ principle – physical law of buoyancy to save the elephant calf. The rescue lasted three hours during which the officials pumped water into well so the animal could float up.
Three motorised pumps were used to fill the well with water and a ramp was excavated for the young elephant to climb out.
Indian Forest Service officer Ramesh Pandey praised the Divisional Forest Officer, Gumla, as well as the state’s forest department in a tweet where he applauded the use of Archimedes’ principle to float the elephant up. The Internet has also applauded the use of a scientific technique to help save the distressed elephant.
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