6 elephants died saving one another at Thai waterfall
Published: 21:15 5 October 2019 Updated: 21:24 5 October 2019
Image shows that a herd of elephants trying to rescue a baby baby elephant slipped over the waterfall in southern Thailand`s Khao Yai National Park
Six wild elephants have died in Thailand trying to save one another from a notorious waterfall.
According to the officials, the incident occurred after a baby elephant slipped over the waterfall in southern Thailand's Khao Yai National Park.
Two other elephants have been spotted on a cliff edge nearby, and Thai authorities are trying to move them.
Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) said officials were called to the scene on Saturday at 03:00 local time (20:00 GMT on Friday) when a group of elephants was blocking a road by the waterfall.
Three hours later, the body of a three-year-old elephant was spotted near the base of Haew Narok, and five others were discovered nearby.
Edwin Wiek, the founder of Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, said any elephants left in the herd would have difficulty surviving as the animals rely on each other for protection and finding food.
The incident could also take an emotional toll. Elephants have been known to display signs of grief.
“It’s like losing half your family. There’s nothing you can do, it’s nature, unfortunately,” Mr. Wiek said.
Around 300 wild elephants currently live in the park, which covers more than 2,000 square km (772 square miles) of forest and grassland.
It is home to various wild animals, including bears, elephants, and gibbons, and is a popular destination for tourists.
Around 7,000 Asian elephants remain in Thailand, with more than half living in captivity.
There have been similar incidents previously at the same waterfall, known locally as Haew Narok (Hell’s Fall).
A herd of eight elephants died after falling in 1992.
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