Thailand: Bull Elephant in musth dies after falling off cliff

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4th January 2018;

A captive-raised bull Elephant (Elephas maximus) released into wilderness in Lampang province was found dead at the stream near the foot of a hill in Harng Chat district of Lampang province on Thursday morning.

The 37-year-old elephant “Plai Somrak” was freed into the jungle under a programme called “Releasing Elephants Into Nature”.

Plai Somrak was hunted by Doi Phamuang wildlife sanctuary park officials three days ago after it was on musth and turned aggressive ransacking a Mae Pon elephant camp in Harng Chat and attacking the elephants there.

The male Elephant was chased away and officials launched a hunt for it for fear that it might return and harm local people and attack the camp again.

Officials later found it dead at Huey Mae Pon stream with serious bruise on the forehead.

Veterinarian at Thai Elephant Conservation Centre examined the bruise and believed it might skid and fell off the cliff down to the stream.

The fall broke it’s neck, the veterinarian said and added that it would be examined thoroughly again for actual death cause.

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Source: Thai PBS

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

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

Thailand: Forestry officials and police hunt for poachers responsible for shooting Gaurs
13th November 2017;

Forestry rangers and police today began to hunt for a group of poachers responsible for the shooting of three Gaurs (Bos gaurus) in Wang Nam Khieu district of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Forestry rangers said they believed this group of poachers has past record of hunting Gaurs in Khao Paeng Ma wildlife sanctuary in Wang Na Khuiu district of Nakhon Ratchasima province.

The poachers are believed still in the sanctuary and officials are questioning villagers and village headmen headmen in the areas for clues in hunting this group of poachers.

The police indicated that the group was run by a teacher who has been in the wildlife meat business.

Forestry rangers said there are about 300 Gaurs in the wildlife sanctuary and this year seven had been killed by poachers.

Villagers in Tambon Wang Nam Khieu alerted officials on Sunday of the finding of two dead Gaurs near Khao Paeng Ma mountain in Village 4, Ban Khao Paeng Ma.

One of the two had all its meat and intestines cut off and taken away leaving behind its head and skin. The other was still intact. Both were estimated to weigh about one tonne each.

Forestry rangers of Khao Paeng Ma wildlife sanctuary have lodged a complaint with Wang Nam Khieu district police to investigate the incident.

Regarding the first dead Gaur which was found in a tapioca plantation in Ban Tha Wangsai, Tambon Wang Mee, it was reported that police had arrested one suspect, the owner of the tapioca plantation which was trespassed by the Gaur.

Source: Thai PBS

Thailand: Two more Gaurs found dead near Khao Paeng Ma mountain
12th November 2017;

Two more Gaurs (Bos gaurus) were found shot dead in Wang Nam Khieu district of Nakhon Ratchasima after the first dead Gaur was found in a tapioca plantation on November 8.

Villagers in Tambon Wang Nam Khieu alerted officials on Sunday of the finding of two dead Gaurs near Khao Paeng Ma mountain in Village 4, Ban Khao Paeng Ma.

One of the two had all its meat and intestines cut off and taken away leaving behind its head and skin. The other was still intact. Both were estimated to weigh about one tonne each.

Forest officials of Khao Paeng Ma’s no-hunting zone have lodged a complaint with Wang Nam Khieu district police to investigate the incident.

Regarding the first dead Gaur which was found in a tapioca plantation in Ban Tha Wangsai, Tambon Wang Mee, it was reported that police had arrested one suspect, the owner of the tapioca plantation which was trespassed by the Gaur.

Source: Thai PBS

Thailand: A male Gaur found dead in a tapioca plantation
10th November 2017;

A young male Gaur (Bos gaurus) was found shot dead in a tapioca plantation in Wang Nam Khieo district of Nakhon Ratchasima province on Thursday (Nov 9).

A team of forest rangers, led by Wanchai Ladsai, chief of the protection unit of Khao Yai national park, and a veterinarian, went to the site where the Gaur was found dead to investigate.

The forestry officials said that the Gaur which weighs 1,200 kilogrammes and aged between 10-12 years old bore seven bullet holes inflicted by a shotgun. It was believed to have died 3-4 days ago.

Initial assumption of the officials was that the Gaur might have been shot by trophy hunters for its horns and meat, but the animal did not die immediately and limped its way to the tapioca plantation behind Wat Sangkhatarn where it occasionally came in search of food.

The forest officials later lodged a complaint with Wang Nam Khieo district police.

Pol Col Meechai Kamnerdprom, superintendent of Wang Nam Khieo district police, said detectives would be sent to villages in close vicinity of the spot where the dead Gaur was found to interview villagers if they have any clue about the shooter.

He expected some information in the next couple of days which might lead to the arrest of the Gaur killer.

Source: Thai PBS

Thailand: More Stingray fish found dead in Mae Klong river
8th October 2016;

More Stingrays (Urogymnus polylepis) were found dead in Mae Klong river yesterday, raising total death of this protected freshwater giant fish species to 16 so far this month.

The new discovery of the three Stingrays were reported to authorities as they were meeting yesterday in Samut Songkram to discuss the mass fish death in cage farming along the Mae Klong river yesterday.

The meeting was chaired by Samut Songkram governor Khanchat Tansathien.

At the meeting the governor has requested the Royal Irrigation Department to cooperate with Vajiralongkorn dam to release more water to drive out polluted water in an effort to prevent further mass death of not only fish in cage farming, but also natural marine lives in the river.

He reportedly complained over delay by relevant agencies, thus hindering prompt action to address the problem.

The governor then ordered officials to work around the clock to resolve the problem.and bring the river back to normal.

Yesterday scientists also collected samples of water from the river for laboratory test to find out actual cause.

Source: Thai PBS

Thailand: Mass fish death in Mae Klong river prompts official investigation
7th October 2016;

The mass death of fish in cage farming and of Stingrays in the Mae Klong river in Samut Songkhram province has prompted an official investigation into the cause and find those who are responsible.

The investigation team led by Samut Sakhon governor and director of the Veterinary Medical Aquatic Animal Research Center (VMAARC) – Chulalongkorn University inspected the river and some fish cage farms along the river yesterday and tested the quality of the water.

After the inspection, the governor Mr Kamchatka Tansatien disclosed that it was likely that the mass death of fish in cage farming and the death of several Stingrays in the river was from water pollution.

He said the water test showed that the biochemical oxygen demand or BOD quantity in the river is low and below standard.

There was also chemical substance in the water which might be the cause of pollution, he said.

Meanwhile officials from the VMAARC also collected samples of the dead Stingray which was not discarded due to its big size for laboratory test.

The quality of water in the river passing the province is now in critical level and provincial authorities will soon assess the situation before giving instruction to cage fish farming in the river.

Since the beginning of this month a dozen Giant Stingrays have died.

Cage fish farmers and residents suspected a factory near the river bank in adjacent Ratchaburi province is responsible.

Source: Thai PBS

These Stingrays are the endangered Giant Freshwater Stingray (Urogymnus polylepis).

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