11 July 2024

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has released a picture of an adorable and healthy four-month old baby elephant, which was found on June 5th lost and malnourished near a palm and rubber farm in Ban Pong Charoen, Tha Kradan Sub district, Sanam Chai Khet District of Chachoengsao Province.

He was moved to Tambon Ang Toei for treatment and care. Park officers from Phu Luang Wildlife Research Station, which is home to a lot of wild elephants, visited him today (June 15th) and took the picture. He was happily eating pineapple leaves, flapping his ears and shaking his head. The veterinarian ran a health check on him and gave park officers guidelines for baby wild elephant care.

The young pachyderm, which is yet to be named, will be moved to a new, larger home today by park rangers who will move him to Kao Takroop to join the other two older young elephants, Kaew and Noom, who had also become separated from their mothers and were taken into care.

Many wild baby elephants have been found lost near Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary in Chachoengsao province due to growing farming communities and lack of feeding areas for them.