Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Elephant Calf Falls Over a Waterfall, Rescue Turns Tragic

Elephant Calf Falls Over a Waterfall, Rescue Turns Tragic

The number of elephants that died after falling down a waterfall in Thailand has increased to 11.

According to the BBC, the incident began when a baby elephant fell into the waterfall, which is known as Haew Narok (Hell's Fall) and in 1992 was the scene of a similar incident that ended in the deaths of eight elephants.

Another five elephant carcasses have been discovered downstream from a waterfall where the bodies of six others were found on the weekend.

It is thought the animals may have been trying to save a baby elephant that slipped over the edge.

Wildlife officials sent small drones into the area to investigate because the terrain is too rough for hiking, Nattapong Sirichanam, governor of Nakhorn Nayok province, told reporters on Tuesday.

Shortly after this, another five bodies were found nearby.

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Two elephants had been watching the distressed infant before stepping into the water in an effort to help.

The additional five were spotted by drone near a unsafe waterfall commonly known as, 'Hell's Fall'.

Heartbreaking: Thai authorities shared an image of one survivor attempting to revive its companion.

Nuttapong said the two elephants were not part of the additional casualties. Like other Asian elephants, which are classified as "endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), wild elephants in Thailand are threatened by habitat loss and poaching.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, rangers at the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand heard loud elephant calls coming from a ravine.

Now that two major accidents have occurred there, Mr Sirichanam said conservation officials are talking about building walkways over the falls or other solutions.

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