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Tusk lost, eye blackened in Khao Yai elephant showdown

Feb 08. 2018
Photo from: Facebook/Lotterwildlifevet
Photo from: Facebook/Lotterwildlifevet
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By The Nation

Officials at Khao Yai National Park are standing by with medical gear in case more elephant bulls engage in combat over grazing rights – or over a female, as happened on Wednesday morning.

Male elephants Plai Duan and Plai Sa-ard were duelling over a female from 7am Wednesday into the afternoon in the Pong Thung Kwang area.

Plai Duan sustained a cut over the left eye, but you should’ve seen the other guy – Plai Sa-ard lost a tusk.

Photo from: Facebook/Lotterwildlifevet

Park officials and veterinarian, who watched the battle from afar, collected the 9.5-kilogram tusk, which will be forwarded to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation in accordance with regulations.

Photo from: Facebook/Lotterwildlifevet

Veterinarian Pattarapol Manee-on posted photos from the big fight on Facebook, commenting that more pachyderm punch-ups were expected, mainly over who gets the best feeding grounds.

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