A truck driver in Louisiana got a bit of help from an unexpected source Tuesday when his 18-wheeler got stuck on a muddy shoulder along Interstate 49, near Powhatan. And deputies from the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office were in for a quite a shock when they arrived on the scene, responding to a request for help from the driver.
That’s because two elephants were there holding up the truck to keep it from sliding down the muddy shoulder and overturning, according to WGNO News.
The deputies responded to the call for help around 7:00 a.m.
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The driver was reportedly transporting three elephants from Florida to Texas, where the animals were scheduled to perform in a circus near Dallas.
He told police he pulled off the highway and then realized his wheels had sunk in the soft shoulder so he called for help.
Pictures of the scene show the truck sitting at a precarious angle, with its passenger-side wheels sunk deep into the muddy soil.
"When deputies arrived on scene, they were astounded to find two elephants keeping the eighteen wheeler from overturning," the sheriff's office said in a press release, according to ABC News.
The deputies on the scene called for a wrecker to pull the truck from the mud. They sent the driver on his way, with his elephants, and did not issue any citations.