Thailand: Elephant hit by car in Khao Yai, only dignity hurt

2nd January 2018;

An Elephant (Elephas maximus) was struck by a tourist’s car in Khao Yai National Park on New Year’s Eve, damaging the vehicle but leaving both human and pachyderm unhurt.

The collision occurred on Highway 3077 in Prachin Buri, the Protected Area Regional Office 1 reported on its Facebook page just after midnight on Tuesday.

Park officials had been patrolling the road and monitoring the movements of Elephants so they could advise tourists on how to observe the wildlife safely.

Park chief Khanchit Srinoppawan said a herd of five Elephants was observed at 7.50pm at the Kilometre 35 marker on Highway 3077.

A car driven by Reungwuth Buranasuk, 56, struck a bull Elephant, shattering a headlight and denting the front end, but veterinarian Pattarapol Manee-on said the animal was unhurt and returned to the forest.

Reungwuth said the Elephants appeared on the road so suddenly that he didn’t have time to brake.

Park officials had noted another herd, this one seven strong, on Highway 2090 less than an hour earlier.

Khao Yai National Park, a World Heritage site, spans Prachin Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Nayok and Saraburi.

Wild Elephants are occasionally seen on the two highways cutting through the park and encounters with passing motorists become more common in high tourist season.

Park officials erect warning signs and advise visitors to remain at least 30 metres from any Elephants, to not take flash photos or honk the horn, and to flee if the Elephants show signs of stress or anger, such as extending their ears and tails.

Visitors are also warned not to speed, make loud noises or feed the animals.

Source: The Nation

Thailand: Gaur hit by truck in Nakhon Ratchasima dies from its injuries
By Marut Boonnarumit, 5th December 2017;

A Gaur (Bos gaurus) that was seriously injured when it was hit by a truck outside Nakhon Ratchasima’s Khao Yai National Park on Monday, died from its injuries on Tuesday morning.

Vetarinarian Supalak Prachan from the Protected Area Regional 7 Office, led a team to conduct an autopsy on the five-year-old 1.3-tonne Gaur. The examination found the animal suffered fatal trauma and internal bleeding.

The Gaur was found heavily bleeding in the middle of a road about five kilometres from the downtown Pak Chong district at 3am on Monday after it was hit by a 10-wheel truck.

The animal fled into a nearby forest as a crowd gathered. Officials followed the animal and fired three tranquiliser shots to calm it and take it to the park’s Khlong Pla Kang unit in Tambon Wang Mee for treatment.

However, it died at 2am on Tuesday.

The Gaur was listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in 1986.

Source: The Nation

Thailand: Truck-hit Gaur dies of internal bleeding
5th December 2017;

A male Gaur (Bos gaurus) which was hit and seriously injured by a truck in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pak Chong district on Monday (Dec 4) has died from internal bleeding, according to a team of veterinarians of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.

The Gaur, which weighed about one tonne, was hit by a truck early on Monday on the old Mitrapap Highway in front of the army’s ordnance depot in Pak Chong district.

The animal had strayed about 40 kilometres out of Khao Yai National Park.

After being hit, the Gaur hid in a roadside bush. Park officials gave the animal a tranquilising shot and brought it out for medical treatment.

The veterinarians revealed that the Gaur died on Dec 5 from internal bleeding. An autopsy showed its lungs had been torn up from the violent impact.

Source: Thai PBS

Gaur seriously injured by car crash outside Khao Yai Park

4th December 2017;

A Gaur (Bos gaurus) was seriously injured after it was hit by a car in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pakchong district on Monday. The animal escaped to a nearby forest as a crowd that started gathering around it.

An unidentified man driving a truck at about 3am alerted local police and a rescue team that he had found the wild bison lying in the middle of a road about four to five kilometres from the downtown district.

Officials found the heavily bleeding big Gaur at the scene but it fled after people started gathering nearby.

An initial investigation found that it had been hit by a car, which apparently had been heavily damaged but was capable of driving. The animal was the hit again by a motorcycle, resulting in injuries to the rider, who was sent to hospital for treatment.

The rescue team continued efforts to locate the wild buffalo and a vet team from Khao Yai National Park was put on standby.

Officials and bystanders wondered how the Gaur had found its way from Khao Yai National Park, which is about 40 kilometres away. Pak Chong market is within a few kilometres of the accident site.

The wild cow was red listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in 1986.

Source: The Nation

Gaur seriously injured by car crash outside Khao Yai Park

Thailand: Drought puts Gaurs at risk on roads

By Prasit Tangprasert, 9th July 2015

Residents of Khao Yai National Park have been asked to help in a campaign to prevent road accidents involving Gaurs (Bos gaurus), forced out of the forest onto roads in search of water due to the drought.

Environmental advocate Chokdi Porakanon said a special operation team will be needed to keep the Gaurs out of danger.

A 20-year-old male Gaur was killed by a car late on Sunday as it crossed the road that divides the Khao Yai and Thap Lan national parks. The following day, a 30-year-old male Gaur was hit by another car and injured on the same road.

The accidents occurred on a section of Road No 304 in Prachin Buri which cuts through a forest near Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex in the east, which is on the UN list of World Heritage sites.

The injured Gaur was rescued by a team of veterinarians and once it had made a full recovery it was released back into the forest, said Phattharaphon Manion, a veterinarian of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.

Mr Chokdi, who initiated the campaign, said residents can help by campaigning for a reduction on the speed limit on the roads in the park areas. Asking for public support on his Facebook page, he wrote: “This is better than having one agency do the job alone”.

Officials said residents have spotted more Gaurs emerging from Khao Yai National Park after the Sap Bon creek dried up because of the drought. The creek is being dredged so more water can be collected from rainfall expected in the days ahead.

The animals were spotted crossing the road to get to a water source at Thap Lan National Park on the opposite side, wildlife officials said.

Source: Bangkok Post

Thailand: Drought puts Gaurs at risk on roads

Police and veterinarians inspect the carcass of a Gaur shot by a poacher in Khao Paeng Ma mountain of Nakhon Ratchasima on Monday.
Photo by Prasit Tangprasert

Thailand: Another Gaur found shot dead
By Prasit Tangprasert, 24th March 2015;

A 15-year-old male Gaur (Bos gaurus) was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in Khao Paeng Ma mountain adjacent to the Khao Yai National Park.

Villagers discovered the carcass in a dried-up brook near Moo 18 village of tambon Wang Nam Khieu on Monday afternoon and alerted police who inspected the slain animal Tuesday.

The shooting followed Sunday’s discovery of another Gaur found shot dead in a Ratchaburi national park.

Pol Lt Narapob Nuantao, of Wang Nam Khieu police station, said an initial examination found nine shotgun pellets embedded in several locations on the Gaur’s body and neck. The animal was likely shot by a poacher elsewhere and ran injured to the spot where it died. Therefore, police could not tell yet if the hunter lived in the Khao Paeng Ma area or not, as well as where the shooting took place, Pol Lt Narapob said.

The Gaur was thought to weigh about 400 kilogrammes and had been dead for three days. Officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will bury the animal after a veterinarian team finished removing the pellets from its body.

Pol Lt Narapob pledged to quickly find the poacher who killed the Gaur. Gaurs are on the protected species list under Thai law.

Source: Bangkok Post

Thailand: Baby elephant found dead under a fallen tree

Thailand: Baby elephant found dead under a fallen tree