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).
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