A severe thunderstorm in Chiang Mai’s Mae Wang district on Wednesday evening knocked down an ironwood tree hitting six elephants, three of whom died from the impact.
The incident took place at the Mae Wang Elephant Camp. A freak storm reportedly struck the district and the winds uprooted the 50m tall tree, which was in the elephants’ shelter, and it landed on six of the eight elephants, which were then in the open field.
Of the three injured, two are in severe condition and have been moved to the hospital at Lampang Thai Elephant Conservation Centre.
Meanwhile, two died immediately upon impact and the third elephant, “Joke”, passed away a few hours later.
The Thai Elephant Alliance Association said veterinarians from different organisations were at the camp to tend to the elephants.