They tried desperately to rescue the baby elephant who had fallen off of a ridge overlooking the infamous waterfall, known in Thailand as Hell’s Fall, but, in the process, the five other little Asian elephants also lost their lives.
It was a small herd of elephants, blocking the road leading to the waterfall, that had alerted officials at Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park that something was amiss. Not long afterward human rescuers arrived on the scene. At 3am they discovered not only the body of an elephant calf isolated “at the base of the waterfall” but five more little Asian elephant bodies lay close by, clustered together in death.
“The deaths occurred after the brave elephants mounted a rescue attempt for one of their own who had fallen in.” Sadly, a similar tragedy had happened at Hell’s Fall in 1992 when “a herd of elephant’s fell to their death”.
Mercifully, rescuers were able to save two little elephants who were discovered “stuck on a ledge” at the scene of the tragedy involving their elephant family, although they continue to show signs of extreme distress.
Resource and for all of the photos from this elephant tragedy see: “Heartbreak as six elephants plunge to death at notorious Hell’s Fall waterfall in Thailand while trying to save baby that fell in” by John Bennett for MailOnline The Daily Mail. Any quotations not linked should be attributed to The Daily Mail.
Images: CC Wikimedia elephant family painting by santhosh
Elephant Fact: Only about “7,000 Asian elephants remain in Thailand” & half of their elephant population is held in captivity.
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