By The Nation
Anuwat Bootsri, head of Moo 8 village in Tambon Khao Luang, called Phuluang Wildlife Sanctuary director Surapol Prasomsup on Friday morning to report the discovery.
Anuwat said rubber tappers had told him of hearing an elephant crying out. He investigated and found the female calf, thought to be about a year old, already dead in a pond on the rubber plantation.
Residents waited until morning to pull the animal from the water and inform the authorities.
Anuwat said a herd of about 20 wild elephants frequented the area. He thought the calls heard the night before were those of the calf’s mother, distraught at its baby being trapped in the pond.