GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala - A dramatic rescue played out at a zoo in Guatemala City last month after an antelope fell into a pool of water and began to struggle – and it was all thanks to a vigilant elephant.Zoo visitor Maria Diaz caught the entire event on video back on April 29.
Her footage shows the elephant ‘Trompita’ standing next to a pool, trumpeting repeatedly and pointing its trunk at an antelope drowning in the water at Zoológico La Aurora.After a few moments, a zoo worker dives into the pool and swims toward the antelope.
It takes him several tries to lift the frantic animal high enough that it can bound up over the ledge."Bravo," a woman says in the video as the antelope hops away while onlookers applaud.Romeo López is seen in footage jumping into the pool to save the drowning antelope. RELATED: ‘Lost puppy’ rescued by family turns out to be baby coyoteDiaz told Storyful that she heard the sound of an elephant at the zoo so she went to see what happened. "I saw that an antelope in the water was really scared, fighting for its life and an elephant trying to help him," she recalled. "I was really impressed but happy because the antelope has been saved."The zoo worker was later identified by local media as Romeo López, Trompita’s caretaker.