Wild elephant dies from septicaemia

Wild elephant dies from septicaemia

A wild elephant died from septicaemia in a forest in Kanchanaburi province on Sunday afternoon.
A wild elephant died from septicaemia in a forest in Kanchanaburi province on Sunday afternoon.

A bull elephant died on Sunday in Kanchanaburi after suffering from septicaemia.

The animal had been found in a forest in Si Sawat district the previous day, a wildlife official said.

Paitoon Intarabut, chief of Salak Phra Wildlife Sanctuary in Muang district, said the pachyderm died at 3.05pm despite efforts by veterinarians to save it.

The elephant, about 15 years old, was found lying still in the forest near Mong Krathae village in tambon Tha Kradan by villagers.

A team of veterinarians from Protected Areas Regional Office 3 in Ban Pong, Phetchaburi province were sent to the site. They found the elephant had a large, swollen wound in its front right foot caused by septicaemia, which is a blood infection from bacteria.

The veterinarians applied antiseptic and saline solution to the suffering aminal but were not able to save it.

Samples of its organs have been collected for examination by the wildlife forensic science operation unit of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

The elephant has been buried.


  • antiseptic: a substance used for cleaning injured skin and preventing infections - ซึ่งฆ่าเชื้อโรค
  • conservation (noun): the protection of plants and animals, natural areas, and interesting and important structures and buildings, especially from the damaging effects of human activity - การอนุรักษ์ธรรมชาติ, การป้องกันความสูญเสีย, การสงวนไว้
  • forensic science: the use of scientific methods to solve  crimes or to find out why something happened - นิติวิทยาศาสตร์
  • organ: a part of the body that has a particular purpose, such as the heart or the brain - อวัยวะ
  • pachyderm: a type of animal with a very thick skin, for example, an elephant - สัตว์หนังหนาและมีกีบเท้าเช่น แรด ช้าง
  • saline solution : a liquid containing salt - น้ำเกลือ
  • septicemia (also septicaemia): infection of the blood by harmful bacteria - ภาวะเลือดเป็นพิษ
  • still: not moving - นิ่ง
  • swollen: larger or fuller than normal - ขยายใหญ่,พองตัว,บวม
  • veterinarian: a person with a medical degree trained to take care of the health of animals - สัตวแพทย์
  • wildlife: animals, birds, insects, etc. that are wild and live in a natural environment - สัตว์ป่า
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