Kent fire and rescue service helped to save the life of an elephant at Howletts Wild Animal Park. Umna the 13 year old African elephant became extremely ill with colic and collapsed on to its side.

Keepers reported that the elephant was too heavy for them to lift with the equipment they had. After several attempts to lift 2 tonne elephant Howletts called on the Kent fire and rescue service to help them mobilise Umna.

The illness if life threatening and it is essential that the animal was winched using heavy duty lifting equipment provided by the fire service. Many people were involved in saving this beautiful animals life enabling people from all over to visit her in the future.