Thailand: Elephant found dead in Phu Luang wildlife sanctuary
22nd December 2017;
A male Elephant (Elephas maximus), believed to be from the Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary in Loei’s Phu Rua district, was found lying dead at a plantation near Ban Naluang village in Wang Saphung district on Friday morning (Dec 22).
Surapol Prasomsap, chief of the Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary, said he went to the village on Friday morning after being informed of the dead Elephant by villagers from Ban Naluang.
The villagers said they heard a loud noise of seven to eight Elephants fighting in the night but did not dare to leave their houses to take a look.
Mr Surapol said the Elephant was male, 21-22 years old, weighing about three tonnes. There were 12 deep round wounds on the Elephant’s body, which looked like it had been gored with tusks by other Elephants.
The Elephant was believed to have died at least six hours previously.
Wildlife officials believed they were wild Elephants that strayed out of the sanctuary to forage for food and had a fight with one another.
Source: Thai PBS