This photo by Thai News Pix taken on October 5, 2019 shows a dead elephant at the bottom of a waterfall after it fell to its death at Khao Yai National Park in central Thailand.
A frightful story out of Thailand, where a baby elephant apparently slipped over a waterfall and six elephants ultimately died in the ensuing rescue attempt. The newly discovered victims are thought to have come from the same herd. Two others survived and were spotted nearby the cliff where the others fell to their deaths.
Two surviving elephants were trapped at the waterfall for hours before national park officials saved them, and fed them pineapples, bananas and sugar cane covered in supplements. Officials believed all were from the same herd, but the reason they plunged into the strong current remains unknown.
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"We understand that the elephants were trying to cross over to the other side of the river", local official Badin Chansrikam told the agency.
In a statement, Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation said they discovered the dead body of a young elephant that was approximately three years old on the first tier of the Haew Narok waterfall in Khao Yai National Park on Saturday morning. For one, as the BBC reports, the decomposing elephant bodies threaten to contaminate drinking water. Efforts are also underway to prevent similar incidents from happening.
According to the Thailand Tourism Directory, Haew Narok Waterfall consists of three levels: the first level is a steep cliff 50 meters high and the other two levels "are quite risky and not open to the public".