In a heartbreaking incident near Kui Buri National Park in Thailand, a courageous young Asian elephant, just five years old, fought valiantly for its life but tragically succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.
Discovered on May 29 on farmland, the elephant had sustained injuries to its shoulder, waist, hip, and leg, prompting a desperate attempt by medical professionals to save its life.
Despite intensive efforts to treat the elephant, including wound cleaning, dressing, antibiotics, and using a winch to aid feeding, the creature’s condition deteriorated rapidly.
The elephant, captured on video consuming palm fronds and bananas while receiving medical care, eventually collapsed in pain.
Two metal objects lodged in its body, one damaging its large intestine, proved fatal.
Parasitic worms further afflicted its liver and stomach, contributing to malnourishment.
The medical team dedicated 48 hours to the wounded animal and implemented safety measures with tires to prevent falls.
Law enforcement and medical professionals ensured the elephant’s well-being, even as it was filmed exhibiting signs of severe undernourishment.
A large wound near the elephant’s tail, suspected to be from a bullet, was examined by doctors. It remains unclear how long the animal had been injured before discovery.
Pichai Watcharapongpaibul, the national park director, revealed that despite on-site treatment, the elephant couldn’t stand or move, eventually succumbing to its injuries.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine bullet caliber and origin, with officials investigating possible motives, particularly retribution for crop damage.
The authorities, utilizing a metal detector, located at least two metal objects in the elephant’s body before its demise.
Investigations revealed not only gunshot wounds but also severe parasite infestation, contributing to the elephant’s undernourished state.
Efforts to save the elephant included administering antibiotics and painkillers through IV drips, but the creature’s valiant struggle ended in tragedy after two days.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the injuries and death, with authorities seeking information from locals about prior elephant sightings or potential conflicts.
It’s important to note that hunting wild elephants in Thailand has been strictly prohibited since 1992, carrying severe penalties of up to £1,000 fine or four years imprisonment for those found guilty.
The national park, home to around 320 Asian elephants spanning 374 square miles along the Myanmar border, now mourns the loss of one of its majestic inhabitants.
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