Efforts to save injured wild elephant resumed today

Efforts to save the life of an injured elephant continued early Friday (Feb 23) with wildlife officials, team of veterinarians and volunteers tracking its  foot trails into Khao Ang Rue Nai wildlife sanctuary in Tha Takiap district of Chachoengsao province.

The elephant was injured when it was hit in the hind legs by a pickup truck while it was crossing an asphalt road about 3.5 kilometres from the wildlife sanctuary yesterday afternoon.

The truck driver Chamras Promchan, 46, said as he was driving on the asphalt road which cut through the wildlife sanctuary, three elephants came out of the bushes instantly to cross the road, making him unable to apply the brake in time.

The right side of the truck hit the elephant and the vehicle fell into the roadside, he said.

He was slightly hurt on the right shoulder while the injured elephant was seen moving into the roadside bushes dragging in its hind legs.

Alerted wildlife officials went to the scene immediately and started to track the  dragging foot trails of the injured elephant into deep jungle, but could not locate the elephant.

Wildlife officials then stopped the search yesterday evening before resuming again this morning.

Khao Ang Rue Nai wildlife sanctuary chief Dechanil Vichien said today (Feb 23) the search of the injured wild elephant in the woods had to be conducted with extreme caution as in nature, an injured elephant will normally see other elephants by the side to help and take care of it.

In this case there might be some elephants around it, thus prompting officials to stay alert, he said.

Veterinarian Patarapol Maneeorn, of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation Department, said the search operation and the assessment of the elephant’s injury could take a few days.

Upon first impact, the elephant might be in shock and hide away in the woods for days, making it difficult for authorities to find it, he said.

But after a few days, the elephant might be able to move slower and this would be the stage when officials could find it and asses its injury so that proper treatment could be made, he said.

But from the video clip recorded by a passing motorist, it clearly showed the elephant suffered broken ankle on the right hind leg, Mr Patarapol said.

Posted by ภัทรพล ล็อต มณีอ่อน on Thursday, 22 February 2018