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Elephant found collapsed last week now happy, healthy in forest


Forest officials were relieved to find the wild elephant they had helped revive last week is healthy and leading its life normally in the Chachoengsao Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary.

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On Friday, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) veterinarian Pattarapol Maneeon posted an update on Facebook saying the elephant and her calf were healthy as per images captured by hidden cameras in the forest.

On February 28, veterinarians were called to help a wild elephant that had strayed from the sanctuary and collapsed in a rubber plantation in Chanthaburi province.

A younger elephant, believed to be the ill animal’s offspring, was nearby guarding its mother.

Veterinarians could only get close to the ill pachyderm after they had tranquilised the young one. When they got to her, they managed to inject her with glucose, vitamins and medication.

According to a DNP Facebook post, officials had on March 1 tried to use a winch to lift the animal, as it could not stand on its own.

However, the effort was in vain as the animal would not allow the use of the equipment.

Eventually, at around 9pm, the elephant stood up on her own and walked out of the plantation.

Published : March 12, 2021

By : THE NATION