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Baby elephant stranded in muddy pit for two days rescued

Sep 30. 2018
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By Prasit Leehakhunakorn
The Nation

A two-year-old male elephant, nicknamed Chao Duan, was rescued on Friday night after it fell into a 70-centimetre-deep and four-metre-wide muddy pit where it was stuck for two days in Chumphon province.

The elephant is recovering under the care of a veterinarian although its hind legs remained immobile as of now.

Nam Tok Ngao National Park head Somjet Chanthana recalled that the Chao Duan’s right side torso was in the water and its hind legs were paralysed, as a result it was trapped in that spot for two days before it was spotted by forest officials on a patrol. 

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The elephant’s short tusks also contributed to its inability to get out of the pit on its own, he said. The officials at the time did not get too close because Chao Duan’s mother and other herd members were still in the vicinity. On the third day, the mother and the herd left so officials moved in with a backhoe and a veterinarian to aid the elephant. Chao Duan was then taken to veterinarian Sirinan Boonnant, who provided it with saline and vitamins and physical therapy for its hind legs, Somjet said. 

On Monday, a veterinarian team from the central agency will check on the elephant’s condition and decide if it could be moved for further treatment to the Elephant Hospital in Krabi province.

Chao Duan’s herd comprised 13 elephants – two male adults, eight female adults and three baby elephants including Chao Duan – and they usually roamed the forest in Pato, Lang Suan and Sawi districts in Chumphon, officials said.

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