Third elephant carcass recovered from waterfall

Third elephant carcass recovered from waterfall

Park officials and rescue workers are retrieving the third carcass of wild elephants killed near the Haew Narok waterfall in Nakhon Nayok province on Monday. (Photo supplied)
Park officials and rescue workers are retrieving the third carcass of wild elephants killed near the Haew Narok waterfall in Nakhon Nayok province on Monday. (Photo supplied)

The third carcass from a total of 11 dead wild elephants has been recovered from a canal near the Haew Narok waterfall in Nakhon Nayok province.

Wichai Pornleesaengsuwan, director of the Prachin Buri-based Protected Areas Office, said on Monday that park officials and volunteers removed the carcass from nets strung across the Khlong Ton Sai canal downstream from the Haew Narok waterfall where the 11 elephants perished. They were dismembering, sterilising and burying the carcass.

"The people are working hard in the rain and are determined to remove all the carcasses for the sake of hygiene," Mr Wichai said.

Meanwhile, park rangers were surveying wild elephant trails in the vicinity of the waterfall to plan measures to prevent any more wild elephants plunging to their deaths at the waterfall in the future, he said.

Eleven wild elephants were found dead at the waterfall in Pak Phli district of Nakhon Nayok on Oct 5 and 6, one of the biggest-ever losses to Thailand's wild elephant population.

Officials and volunteers set up giant nets to trap the carcasses in the Khlong Ton Sai canal before they could  float further downstream and pollute the water in the Khun Dan Prakarn Chon dam reservoir in Nakhon Nayok.


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