Lone calf adopted by new elephant mom

Dec. 6, 2011 at 11:19 AM ET

An elephant calf is recuperating at Coochbehar Wild Life in India's eastern West Bengal state. The15-day-old calf was rescued after falling into an open well and was brought to the sanctuary.

The calf became physically weak so forest officials decided to seek the help of mother elephant living at the sanctuary who fed the calf and saved its life.

Experts say that massive deforestation, poaching and people encroaching upon forest corridors have forced the elephants to move out of their natural habitats in search of food and water.

India has over 50 percent of Asiatic elephants, considered to be among the most intelligent animals, but their population has dwindled in recent years.