Wild elephant dies from septicemia (Kanchanaburi)
Piyarat Chongcharoen, Bangkok Post
May 16, 2022
A bull elephant died on Sunday afternoon after it was found suffering from
septicemia in a forest in Si Sawat district the previous day, a wildlife
Paitoon Intarabut, chief of Salak Phra Wildlife Sanctuary in Muang
district, said the pachyderm died at 3.05pm despite efforts by
veterinarians to save it.
The elephant, about 15 years old, was found lying immobile in the forest
near Mong Krathae village in tambon Tha Kradan by villagers who informed
the Kaeng Khaep forest protection unit about 2pm on Saturday.
A team of vets from Protected Areas Regional Office 3 in Ban Pong,
Phetchaburi province, were dispatched to the spot and found a large swollen
wound in the elephant's front right foot, which caused it to be suffering
from septicemia, or a blood infection by bacteria.
The vets applied antiseptic and saline solutions and tended to the wounded
beast but to no avail.
Samples of its inner organs had been collected for examination by the
wildlife forensic science operation unit of the Department of National
Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.
The dead elephant had been buried.