By The Nation
Sub-Lieutenant Surapol Prasomsup, chief of the Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary, led officials to check a creek near a plantation in Ban Na Luang village in Wang Saprung at 9 am on Friday after villagers informed his office they had heard sounds of male elephant fighting on Thursday night.
The officials found the body of an elephant, which appeared to be around 21 to 22 years old, lying near the creek. It had suffered 12 wounds inflicted by elephant tusks. Each wound was about 39-cm deep.
A veterinarian on the team, Kanayos Kri-una, said the elephant died about six hours ago.
The officials took sample from its trunk, tongue and tail hair for DNA checking and buried the carcass.