Vet to rehabilitate injured young elephant trampled, stranded by herd

PRANBURI:  A five-year-old wild elephant found helplessly stranded in the jungle with limb injuries on December 18, is being examined and treated by Prachuap veterinarians.

According to coverage by the Thai News Agency,  the young elephant was discovered immobile in a rubber plantation  in the area of Moo 6 village of Pranburi’s Khao Jao sub-district (ต.เขาจ้าว อ.ปราณบุรี), near Kuiburi National Park.

According to the report, the animal was lying helplessly on its side and became startled when officers approached. The elephant attempted to get up and flee, but to no avail due to injuries, which, on initial inspection appeared to include a dislocated thigh and injured back leg.

National Park officers who discovered the injured animal suspect that it was stranded by a herd of 17 elephants known in the area. Judging from broken tree branches nearby, and on the premise that it is currently “mating season”, officials supposed that the animal most likely sustained its injuries after clashing with another elephant in the herd.

It is not uncommon for bull elephants to trample and kill other elephants, and even humans,  during periods of musth,  when the animals are abnormally aggressive due to high levels of testosterone.

At the time of press, the elephant was in the process of being transported to veterinarian station in the city, for fear that the animal might not survive if left stranded in the jungle.

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