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Young Chanthaburi elephant twice unlucky

Nov 30. 2018
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By The Nation

A young male elephant previously treated for an infected wound after getting caught in a trap was unlucky a second time on Thursday – this time fatally.

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.

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