The 59-year-old was with a group camping in Namibia's Kunene region.
Weak from hunger and thirst, the elephant got stuck in the mud, metres away from a shrunken watering hole.
It's a barren sand-swept region - but scientists believe it's the place we all originated from.
Rebecca Munkombwe jumps into action when her friend was struggling to stay afloat in Zimbabwe.
It is being described as one of the "biggest and most important'' discoveries in recent years.
The government intends allowing 158 elephants to be killed in trophy hunts over the next year.
The coffin once held the mummy of Nedjemankh, a priest in the Ptolemaic Period some 2000 years ago.
Geneva authorities seized 25 luxury cars from the son of Equatorial Guinea's president in a money-laundering probe.
Hundreds of boys and men were beaten and starved while held in a building in Nigeria, police say.
OPINION: Archie may be wooing the crowds in South Africa, but royal tours ain't what they used to be.
The royal multi-country tour includes stops in South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Malawi.
Harry and Meghan start 1st official tour as family in South Africa with infant son, Archie
The foal has the unusual markings from a genetic mutation.
During a dream vacation to Tanzania he proposed to his girlfriend. She never got the chance to give him her answer.
OPINION: The story of the lost white tribe of Rhodesia is a fascinating one.
The Zimbabwe government and Robert Mugabe's family are reportedly in disagreement.
The former Zimbabwe leader, aged 95, had been unwell for some time.
Kiwi nurse Felicity Gapes has tended to the wounded and innocent in places where arrest, torture and murder are commonplace.
The skull found in Ethiopia belonged to a species called Australopithecus anamensis, an older relative to Lucy.
OPINION: We don't shake hands in Beni, where Ebola has killed more than 300 people in the past year.
A diplomat claims Helen Clark failed to act over an investigation of an alleged war criminal.
Vets successfully harvest 10 eggs from the last two surviving female northern white rhinos of their species.
Nations around the world move to protect giraffes as an endangered species for the first time.
People were trying to siphon away fuel when the tanker burst into flames in Tanzania.
A breathtaking horseback performance that combines synchronised riding with decorative guns.
Madagascan police say British 19-year-old opened the plane door and tried to get out in mid-air.
Huge surge in tree planting by Ethiopians could be a world record - and aims to reverse decades of deforestation.
With just 14 free public loos in Uganda's capital, sewage is a scourge for many of Kampala's residents.
Up to 150 Europe-bound migrants are feared drowned after their boats capsized in Mediterranean.
Gang war brings violence to South Africa's most affluent city, and the government has had enough.