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Officials have relocated a baby elephant rescued from a drain in a Bueng Kan village on the weekend to a wildlife protection facility to receive treatment for an infection.

Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary officials moved the young elephant from an open pen at the edge of the forest in Bung Kla district to the Kokkwang Forest protection base nearby. The base is about 20 kilometres away in far north east Thailand.

The officials noticed that the calf appeared tired and that a wound had become infected. The make-shift pen in which it was living was regarded as unhygienic as it was wet and home to swarms of worm flies.

The calf was transported on a truck with eight officials this morning.

The floor of its new pen at the forest protection base is covered with straw and canvas. The calf is now under 24 hour supervision and care.

The baby elephant is believed to be 8-12 months old and weighs about 80 kilograms. It was rescued from an unused drain on Saturday.

Read the story about its rescue HERE.

Thaweep Khamphaengnua, chief of the Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary, says he is reporting the incident to the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, which would them dispatch a veterinarian specialised in caring for elephants to take care of the calf.

Thaweep said the calf needs to recover before discussions could be held on how to reintegrate it with its herd.

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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