Two wild elephant carcasses found downstream

Two wild elephant carcasses found downstream

A park official on Wednesday points to a dead wild elephant floating downstream from Haew Narok waterfall in Nakhon Nayok. (Photo from Disaster Response Associations Thailand)
A park official on Wednesday points to a dead wild elephant floating downstream from Haew Narok waterfall in Nakhon Nayok. (Photo from Disaster Response Associations Thailand)

Rescuers and park officials on Wednesday found the bodies of two of the 11 wild elephants that perished at Haew Narok waterfall, but were unable to remove the carcasses from the river.

Photos by the Disaster Response Associations Thailand on Wednesday showed the carcasses downstream from the waterfall in Khao Yai National Park.

It was the first time park officials and volunteers were able to locate the bodies of any of the elephants that were found dead at Haew Narok on Saturday. One baby wild elephant and its mother survived and went back into the forest, while 11 others died in one of the largest losses of wild elephants in the country.

Chongklai Worapongsathorn, the deputy director-general of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, confirmed the discovery of the two carcasses by officials and rescuers walking upstream in heavy rain. They were unable to pull the carcasses onto dry land since they were stuck in the swollen stream. 

The park has set up two large nets in a bid to catch the carcasses before they can drift down to Ton Sai, a canal that empties into the reservoir at Khun Dan Prakan Chon dam in Nakhon Nayok.

They are trying to prevent the rotting flesh from spoiling the water at the dam.


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