A wild elephant, known to be injured and under observation for almost a month, has been transported by veterinarians and other staff from the Kui Buri National Park, Office of Conservation and Border Police to the Kui Buri Park Centre.
However the animal was in a critical condition and despite further emergency treatment, has died.
Although the cause of death was a cardiac arrest, there was also serious organ failure and infection. Multiple bullet fragments were found during an autopsy including near the eyes and throughout the body. These injuries and resultant infections were determined to have led to the organ failure and death.
Officials and community members arranged for a ceremonial burial of the elephant’s body with due reverence and respect. Investigations are ongoing about the circumstances and responsibility for the shooting.