Scuba instructor Corney Coetzee, 39, had captured the rescue on camera after the elephant calf fell into the Gwarrie Pan drinking hole in the park, and was unable to climb back out.
Coetzee said the elephant herd nearby had attempted to extract the calf by wetting the side of the dam, and trying to crumble the edge of the rock-hard mud embankment.
“Park rangers came to help, initially planning to bring in a back hoe to break down the mud wall so the baby could climb out of the water,” he said.
“The adult elephants, however, became agitated at the sight of the large equipment. They pushed the baby further away and guarded it from the banks of the dam.”
A group of SANParks rangers proceeded to clear the area of the adult elephants by making loud sounds.
When the elephants were far away, rangers commence their rescue mission.
Coetzee said the rangers jumping into the water and used their strength to cradle the elephant calf and push it up towards dry land.
“After a three-hour ordeal, the family had been safely reunited, thanks to the bravery and dedication of SANParks rangers…” he said.