Net set up downstream for river's grim elephant cargo

Net set up downstream for river's grim elephant cargo

Concrete pillars in Khao Yai National Park are to be reinforced to prevent wild elephants venturing near dangerous areas. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul
Concrete pillars in Khao Yai National Park are to be reinforced to prevent wild elephants venturing near dangerous areas. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Park officers have set up a large net downstream to prevent the carcasses of six elephants killed at a waterfall in Khao Yai National Park from floating down to the Khun Dan Prakan Chon dam in Nakhon Nayok and contaminating its water source.

The officers estimate the carcasses will reach the net in four to five days at which time they will be retrieved and buried. The burial ground will be sealed with hydrated lime to prevent the carcasses from contaminating the area.

The elephants drowned on Saturday morning after tumbling down the waterfall.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa has ordered the construction of a barricade to prevent wildlife from falling into the waterfall, which has a history of such incidents. He also suggested setting up areas around the park to supply wildlife with food and water. Food scarcity can lead to animals straying into dangerous spots such as the top of waterfalls.

The minister also urged locals and soldiers to monitor the well-being of elephants and other wildlife.

Meanwhile, a source said two elephants rescued at the scene on Saturday were believed to have made their way back safely to their habitat. A number of park rangers were deployed to ensure their safety.

Located in the Pak Phli district of Nakhon Nayok, Haew Narok is the largest and among the most picturesque waterfalls inside Khao Yai National Park. The park straddles four provinces -- Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachin Buri, Nakhon Nayok and Saraburi.


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