Elephant rescue operation

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A mahout prepares to tie a rope around an elephant named Ayyappan after it fell in a marshland on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, on the outskirts of Kochi February 6, 2014. According the police, Ayyappan was brought onto the banks of the lake after nearly six hours of rescue operation but the elephant died while it was given medical aid. REUTERS/Sivaram V