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Another elephant found dead in Kaengkrachan National Park!

Headless body of elephant found in Kaeng Krachan park

The Nation April 10, 2013
Another wild elephant has been slaughtered in Phetchaburi’s Kaeng Krachan National Park, apparently by poachers after its ivory, deputy chief of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department Theerapat Prayurasiddhi said yesterday.

Theerapat said that according to Kaeng Krachan National Park chief Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn’s initial report, the headless carcass of a male elephant was found in Ban Pa Teng Forest. It looked to have been dead for 15 to 20 days.

The carcass found in the forest of Kaengkrachan
The carcass found in the forest of Kaengkrachan

Theerapat said he would inspect the area later yesterday with a team led by assistant National Police chief Jaramporn Suramanee and a veterinary team.

They would do an autopsy on the carcass in an attempt to trace evidence that could lead to the arrest of the poachers, he said. The carcass was near the site where the carcass of a female elephant was found on March 8. It is suspected that poachers killed it in order to take its baby.

Theerapat suspected that the poachers who killed the male elephant might be the same group involved in previous elephant kills. He said the elephant slaughter continued despite patrols by forest officials, suggesting that the gang wasn’t afraid of the law and might be backed by a big investor.

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