Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Inquiry into sudden death of wild elephant

Bangkok Post
January 22, 2008

Kanchanaburi _ Veterinarians are investigating the death of a wild elephant at Thong Pha Phum national park where conflicts between locals and the jumbos are on the rise.

Park officials were told by villagers who spotted the male elephant, aged about 25, that it had sustained a serious wound to its front left leg last week.

The vets were called in to herd the injured animal out of the deep jungle for treatment. But while the team was getting the 4.5 tonne animal onto a lorry it slipped to the ground and died.

An initial examination found the elephant's left leg was broken. The vets did not think this caused its death.

There are about 60 wild elephants in the national park.

Authorities are concerned about elephant-human confrontations because the animals often raid farms.

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