• The injured Elephant calf plays with a veterinarian at Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tha Takiab district in Chachoengsao on Thursday.
  • The wounds of the baby Elephant to his front left leg.

Photo: Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary Facebook

Thailand: Injured baby elephant saved from trap, needs a mother
By Apinya Wipatayotin & Saritdet Marukatat, 20th October 2016;

An injured baby Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) has been saved from hunters by Chanthaburi villagers and forestry officials are now looking for an adopted mother for him.

The three-month-old beast’s front left leg was hurt by a trap when Moo 12 village chief Wandee Dokdin and four other villagers found the animal in weak condition in a jungle in Khaeng Hang Maew district in Chanthaburi on Wednesday night.

They led the baby Elephant from the forest, put it on a pickup truck and took it to a wildlife office in Tha Takiab district in Chachoengsao in the early hours of Thursday. Veterinarians from Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary were sent to the office to treat its wounds.

Decha Nilvichian, chief of Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary, said the calf was saved and its health was improving after vets fed it baby milk after medical treatment.

“Judging from the wounds, his leg could have been trapped for about three days,” Mr Decha said. “His weight is about 100 kilogrammes.”

The calf will stay at the sanctuary for more treatment with vets taking care of him around the clock.

“What we are worrying about is that he needs to be fed naturally,” the official said.

Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary is contacting other Elephant centres across the country to find out whether they have a female Elephant ready to feed a baby.

“We have to find an Elephant to feed him,” Mr Decha added.

Source: Bangkok Post

Thailand: Some 50 Monkeys crushed to death by a fallen big tree
14th June 2016;

About 50 Long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis) were crushed to death under the weight of a huge Prado tree which fell onto the lawn of a school in Chanthaburi’s Muang district early Tuesday morning.

Mr. Rangsan Kumtrakul, director of Khao Wongkot School, said it was lucky that the incident occurred during the early hours of Tuesday otherwise many students would have been hurt or killed had the incident occurred during the daytime.

He suspected that the ground where the huge tree stood might have softened after heavy rains in the past few days and then loosened up and collapsed while many Monkeys were asleep on the tree.

Altogether 52 Monkeys, including several young ones, were found dead on the ground.

Mr Rangsan, however, admitted that he felt saddened with the death of so many Monkeys in one occasion because they have been in the school for a long time.

With the help of students and employees, the dead Monkeys which included several adults and babies, were taken away for burial.

Several Monkeys were found injured from the incident and the school had sought help from provincial officials to take care of the injured Macaques.

Source: Thai PBS

Thailand: Baby elephant dies after being rescued from a pond

15th February 2015;

A three-day old baby Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) which was helped out of a pond in Chanthaburi’s Ang Runai wildlife sanctuary by villagers and later on taken to Khao Kheo wildlife conservation zone in Chon Buri for proper care has died Saturday.

Mr Pitak Yingyong, chief of Klong Kok forest protection unit, who took the baby elephant to Khao Kheo in a pickup truck said that the animal had probably died of starvation and exhaustion because it had not been fed by its mother since it accidentally slipped into the pond in Ang Runai wildlife sanctuary a few days ago.

Villagers found the unfortunate baby elephant on Saturday and helped bring it up to safety and alerted KlongKok forest protection unit to help out.

The officials dug out a hole with the help of a backhoe for the baby elephant to rest with the hope that its mother would come back to search for it but it didn’t.

After waiting in vain, the officials decided to truck the baby elephant to Khao Kheo in Chon Buri for proper care but it died eventually.

Source: Thai PBS

Thailand: Baby elephant dies after being rescued from a pond