By The Nation
It was found dead at the Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary in Chanthaburi’s Kaeng Hang Maew district, probably from a gunshot wound.
Park officials were informed of the discovery near a fruit orchard in Moo 1, Tambon Phawa.
The elephant, about three years old, had been treated on November 21 for an infected wound on the front right leg caused by a trap.
Veterinarians dispatched by the wildlife sanctuary tended to the wound at the scene, in a forest near the same village.
On Thursday the animal was found to have swollen right hindquarters which, when cut open, revealed shotgun pellets.
Tissues from internal organs were sent to a laboratory for tests to determine the cause of death.
Buddhist monks chant a prayer for the elephant as it was buried.