Life on the water: human stories from Kerala's palm-fringed backwaters

The waterways of the Indian state teem with birdlife and the rhythms of rice production. But beneath the surface, the Periyar National Park and the tranquil Vembanad lake are finding a balance between the needs of agriculture and nature.
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Mother Elephant 'Salutes' Rescuers Who Saved Her Baby

This baby elephant fell into a well in Kerala, India. It's trumpeting woke up the villagers early in the morning. A rescue team came quickly at 7am. The distressed mother and the rest of the herd stood nearby the well as the team began to excavate. Their reunion made for a truly beautiful moment. And then something surprising happened. Before running off into the forest, the mother turned toward the people and raised her trunk. In India, some believe that this is a thankful gesture of an elephant.

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