Stranded elephant rescued from a klong in Phitsanulok

Braving rain, anxious spectators who are mostly Noen Maprang villagers cheered aloud after park officials and rescue workers successfully pulled a 10-year old wild elephant from Klong Chompoo after it was stranded in strong current for more than 26 hours.

Rescue workers and park officials managed to tie a rope and a sling over the obviously exhausted pachyderm and pulled it up from the klong with the help of a backhoe at about 1pm on Wednesday (Oct 18).

The female elephant was swept away by flash flood on Tuesday and trapped in a canal at Thung Salaeng Luang National Park.

After more than 26 hours, park rangers and veterinarians successuflly rescued a female wild elephant, aged about 7-8 years old, which was swept away and trapped in strong current of a canal at Thung Salaeng Luang national park in Noen Maprang district of Phitsanulok province. Initial examination found no wounds on the jumbo's body but she is still weak and could not get up on her legs.Cr. Thung Salaeng Luang national park chief.

Posted by Thai PBS English News on Wednesday, 18 October 2017


Veterinarians quickly administered saline fluid and vitamin to the weakened elephant as it was allowed to rest on the muddy bank next to Klong Chompoo in Tambon Chompoo, Noen Maprang district of Phitsanulok.

The elephant was too weak to stand by itself and it was discovered that its right hind leg sustained wounds.  After being administered with saline fluid and vitamin, its condition improved.

Officials tied a rope around the body of the elephant and tried to make it stand up with the help of the backhoe to prevent the wounds from getting worse.  They are expecting the arrival of an elephant expert from the Elephant Conservation Centre from Lampang.