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Baby elephant Chao Duan dies, 13 days after falling it pit

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A two year old male elephant, nicknamed Chao Duan, died earlier today from his injuries, 13 days after veterinarians tried to save it after it fell into a pit in Chumphon.

Nam Tok Ngao National Park head Somjet Chanthana said the young elephant died at 4am.

It was rescued from a muddy pit in the forest near Ban Chanren in Tambon Tako of Chumphon’s Thung Tako on September 26.

Park officials said it fell into the pit from a steep mountain, resulting in back injuries that caused it to have no feeling in its torso and hind legs.

Somjet said the elephant also had a severe internal infection because of the injuries.

Chao Duan was among three young elephants of a herd with two male and eight female elephants in the park. Officials named it Chao Duan because its trunk was three or four times shorter than a normal elephant’s trunk. With the short trunk, the elephant could not hang on to trees and it might be the reason it fell, Somjet said.

Thung Tako district chief Somyos Na-Nakhon said officials will hold a praying rite for the elephant and bury it in front of a cave near the village.

Baby elephant Chao Duan dies, 13 days after falling it pit | News by The Thaiger

STORY: The Nation



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Man marries Thai ladyboy without ‘checking gender’

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PHOTO COMPOSITE: Thai Rath

A Danish man has married a Thai ladyboy without doing a full ‘due diligence’ on the gender of his future spouse. But things seems to have worked out anyway.

Thai Rath has reported on a marriage ceremony in Thailand’s south last Saturday where the groom was a man from Denmark and the bride was a man from Trang.

The couple married legally in Denmark two months ago and confirmed their vows in a ceremony in front of the relatives followed by a big party at a local hotel.

54 year old John Standskov, a Danish civil servant, had been married twice before, to women, but the relationships had failed, according to the Thai Rath report.

Meanwhile, 49 year old Yingyong “Anne” Nokkaew, who has lived in Denmark for thirty years, divorced five years ago.

The couple met, dated and fell in love whilst living in Denmark – a country Thai Rath describes as “the land of cow’s milk”.

Anne claims that John had never asked if he was a man or a woman. John said that Anne is a lovely woman. The couple have known each other now for four years and say that the marriage is “for keeps as it is true love”.

Congratulations to the happy couple.

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Pregnant dugong killed by boat propellor

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by Khanitta Sitong

A heavily-pregnant dugong, found off Koh Libong in Trang a week ago, has had an autopsy to investigate the cause of death. It was the fifth dugong in the area killed by speedboats this year.

The findings indicate that this dugong too came into contact with a local boat propellor.

The dugong’s decomposing carcass was found on November 26 in the sea off Koh Libong. The injuries indicate it died after being run over by a speedboat whilst feeding on sea-grass.

The crash impact caused the 2.6 metre long, 250 kilogram Dugong’s spine to dislodge, break its right-side ribs and caused bleeding into its lung, resulting in instant death, along with the 9.5 kilogram foetus, according to a source at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre familiar with the autopsy results.

This was the fifth death of a dugong in the Trang area this year. Koh Libong wildlife sanctuary head Chaipreuk Weerawong and Hat Chao Mai National Park head Narong Khong-ied are calling a meeting of related officials, community leaders and villagers, along with boat operators to find a solution to avoid more deaths of the endangered species.

The meeting will discuss solutions, including asking for cooperation from speedboat captains from travelling through the seagrass areas in order to protect the rare marine mammal.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Nation

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Dead man washed up on Nakhon Si Thammarat beach

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The decomposed body of a man has washed up onto a beach in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Police said the unidentified body was spotted on the shores of the beach in Moo 9 village in Tambon Na Saton in Hua Sai district on Saturday morning.

Police say the man appears to have been dead for about a week and the body had decomposed beyond recognition. The man also had superstitious tattoos on his body and he was wearing a well-known Buddha amulet from a Wat in Nong Khai.

At this stage police suspect he was a fishing crew member from the northeast who may have accidentally fallen from the boat or who might have been killed.

The body has been sent to the provincial hospital for an autopsy and victim identification.

SOURCE: The Nation

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