6 ELE­PHANTS DROWN

5 adults were try­ing to res­cue baby from wa­ter­fall

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - Marisa iati The Wash­ing­ton Post

Six ele­phants died while try­ing to save each other af­ter a baby ele­phant fell from a wa­ter­fall in a Thai na­tional park, of­fi­cials said.

Staff at Khao Yai Na­tional Park, about 85 miles north­east of Bangkok, found the roughly 3-year-old baby ele­phant drowned on Satur­day. Five more dead ele­phants also were dis­cov­ered at the bot­tom of Haew Narok Wa­ter­fall, ac­cord­ing to the Thai­land De­part­ment of Na­tional Parks, Wildlife and Plant Con­ser­va­tion.

Of­fi­cials found two live ele­phants on the wa­ter­fall’s cliff, at­tempt­ing to go down to help the other ele­phants. A vet­eri­nar­ian is car­ing for them.

“The two ele­phants right now are tak­ing a rest. They are ex­hausted from try­ing to cross the stream,” Chanaya Kan­chanasaka, a vet­eri­nar­ian at the park, told the As­so­ci­ated Press.

Ele­phants are sym­pa­thetic an­i­mals that have been known to help each other when they are dis­tressed. They also show some­thing re­sem­bling grief when one of their own dies.

The dis­cov­ery on Satur­day was prompted by a re­port of sev­eral ele­phants on a nearby road, Thai of­fi­cials said.

The Haew Narok Wa­ter­fall was closed to vis­i­tors af­ter the dead ele­phants were dis­cov­ered. It was also the site of a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent in 1992, when eight ele­phants fell to their deaths there, BBC re­ported. Khao Yai is Thai­land’s third-largest na­tional park. Haew Narok, the park’s tallest wa­ter­fall, has three tiers that to­tal about 492 feet. Ele­phants are com­mon nearby.

TKHAO Yai Na­tional Park

Thai au­thor­i­ties shared this im­age of a sur­vivor at­tempt­ing to re­vive its com­pan­ion.

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