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Ivory ruled out as motive for elephant slaying, beheading

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PHETCHABURI : An elephant found beheaded near a reservoir in Kaeng Krachan district was pregnant and was not killed for its tusks, officials said yesterday. 

The autopsy report rejected an initial assumption that the beast had been slaughtered for its ivory, as female Asian elephants do not have tusks.

An inspection of the elephant's womb found the carcass of a calf. Its gender and age were not confirmed, however, and are pending further DNA tests, Theerapat Prayurasiddhi, deputy chief of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, said.

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