Wounded elephant arrives safely at elephant hospital in Lampang

Netizens on Friday (Oct 20) showered praises and appreciation on veterinarians and officials who helped rescue a wounded elephant stranded for about 26 hours in Klong Chompoo in Phitsanuloke and painstakingly brought it to the elephant hospital in Lampang province for medical treatment and rehabilitation.

The 8-year old elephant which was suspected to sustain broken hind legs arrived safely at the elephant hospital in Lampang at about 5 am on Friday after a long journey from Phitsanuloke which took many hours longer than normal because the elephant was wounded and the truck had to travel slowly.

However, it was until about 10.30 am when the elephant was moved from the truck with the help of a backhoe onto the ground of the elephant centre which is also the location of the elephant hospital run by the Forest Industry Organization.

Several officials of the elephant centre were on hand to give moral support to the team of veterinarians and park officials who escorted the elephant from Phitsanuloke.

A video clip and still pictures showing the elephant being transported from Phitsanuloke to Lampang were posted on the social media by officials of the elephant centre.  They attracted many netizens who posted messages of appreciation and praise to the officials for helping the elephant.

A veterinarian reportedly said that the elephant might not return to normal because of the serious wounds in its two hind legs.