Vets unable to save shot hornbill

Vets unable to save shot hornbill

The wounded great hornbill lies dead on Thursday night at an animal hospital in Chon Buri province. It was found shot and left to die on Koh Chang in Trat province last week. (Photo: vet Phadet Siridamrong's Facebook)
The wounded great hornbill lies dead on Thursday night at an animal hospital in Chon Buri province. It was found shot and left to die on Koh Chang in Trat province last week. (Photo: vet Phadet Siridamrong's Facebook)

Veterinarians have been unable to save a protected great hornbill found with a severe gunshot wound on Koh Chang island in Trat province last week.

The injured bird, a nok nguek, died on Thursday night at Nuern Plub Warn animal hospital in Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri.

Niphon Pinyo, chief of Koh Chang national park, said on Nov 20 that a tourist had found the wounded hornbill at the first tier of Khiriphet waterfall on Koh Chang.

It was a female, about 5 years old and had been shot in the head.

Park staff rushed the bird to the animal hospital. 

Two men suspected of involvement in the shooting had fled into the nearby forest, Thai media reported.

Vet Phadet Siridamrong said the hornbill’s condition deteriorated rapidly around 9.50pm on Thursday. It stopped breathing and was pronounced dead at 10.05pm, despite their best efforts to save it. 

The great hornbill (Buceros Bicornis) had suffered brain stem death, he said. 

Vet Phadet Siridamrong's posts on his Facebook page about the condition of the shot hornbill. The protected bird died at 10.05pm on Wednesday.  (Phadet Siridamrong Facebook page)


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