This video says about itself:
21 January 2015
An elephant calf makes an escape after it fell into a water storage pit in China’s Yunnan province on Tuesday. The calf tried to climb out of the two-metre-deep pit unsuccessfully before being found by local villagers. Police officers spent half an hour shovelling in earth to lower one of the sides of the pit, so the calf could climb out and return to the forest.
From daily The Independent in Britain:
Video: Baby elephant is rescued in China after getting stuck down a water pit
The elephant is believed to have been stuck in the pit for a day before being spotted
Thursday 22 January 2015
A baby elephant has been rescued after it fell into an empty water storage pit in south-west China.
The tiny calf is said to have become trapped after venturing near the pit next to a nature reserve in the Yunan Province.
According to reports, the elephant could have been in the pit for over 24 hours.
The calf was found in the two metre deep ditch by local residents on Wednesday.
The villagers then alerted police, who came to help [to] rescue the elephant.
Officials believe that the elephant slipped into the pit after heavy rain had caused the surrounding area to become slippery.
A police spokesman said: “Looking at the scene the elephant probably fell into the hole yesterday.
“Because it rained yesterday, the ground around the pit was slippery.”
To help the elephant out, rescuers filled one side of the pit with dirt, while using hoes to lower its ledge.
The whole rescue effort was captured on camera.
After an hour of attempts to haul itself out, the elephant was eventually able to escape, before running into the forest.
The tiny elephant is now expected to join back up with its herd.