On December 10, in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan in southern Thailand, administrators of the national park found a severely injured male named Plykhanoon. He had dozens of gunshot wounds all over his body, probably caused by a group of poachers.
He was hit twice under the eye, three times in the front leg, twice in the ribs and 38 times in other places on the head and all over his body. Almost exactly a month later, on Sunday, he succumbed to his extensive injuries.
Immediately after his discovery in the woods, he was given a sedative and was taken to an animal clinic that operates at a national park. The park administrators were determined to save him with all their might. The very next day, however, the giant accidentally lay down one of them.
“The elephant had aggressive tendencies, trying to defend himself in the terrible situation he was in. Unfortunately, he killed one of us while doing so, “said his colleague Pichai Watcharapongpaiboon about the dead and called him a hero.
They tried to save the elephant for a whole month, but at the end of the first week of January he became burdened. The wounds did not heal and the elephant was still having leg problems. Big swellings appeared on her. Eventually, on January 10, he was no longer able to stand, so the park’s staff was about to take him for surgery. But that did not happen again.
The Plykhanoon’s basic life functions began to fail. Veterinarians, equipped for first aid even for such huge animals, gave him a heart massage and artificial respiration, but in the end the pachyderm succumbed to multiorgan failure. The police then used a metal detector to search for more undiscovered bullets on the massive body.
They buried Plykhanoon in the park and covered the ground above him with a bulldozer.
The elephant as a species is officially the national animal in Thailand. There live on 2 thousand individuals in the wild and about the same number in captivity. For his killing, he faces three years in prison and a fine of 1,000 baht, ie 730 (!) Crowns.
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