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6 Elephants died at Haew Narok Waterfall, Khao Yai national park

05 Oct 2019 14:52 - 08 Oct 2019 14:26 #5370 by onflipflops
Edit 08 OCT 2019: some news sources claim that another 5 elephant carcasses have been found, meaning the death toll is 11 elephants instead of the 6 that were reported initially :( ( news.thaipbs.or.th/content/284963?fbclid...99lEHSh3woe_bNr3KfmQ )
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It seems like at least 6 elephants died at Haew Narok Waterfall, Khao Yai national park today. Most likely washed off the cliff by the strong river current.
A similar incident has happened a few decades ago, though if I remember correctly that time there were less fatalities.

2 elephants are still alive seemingly grieving for their lost herd members.

Here is an article (in Thai) and video about the incident:

www.matichon.co.th/local/quality-life/news_1699721

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05 Oct 2019 21:59 #5371 by wvwv
It begs the question how did they get there since they spent a lot of money putting up those huge concrete pillars everywhere after the last time this happened, to stop it happening again.

Just before you start descending the steep stairs a couple of hundred metres before the waterfall, there is a pavilion type structure where you go to hide from the rain. Directly behind that there is a trail that nobody knows about that goes up to the best view of the waterfall, I took the picture below in rainy season.

On that trail you have to walk along the line of concrete pillars and there is a least one that has failed/crumbled apart. I last saw that about 6-9 months ago so I don't know if they've repaired it since then but probably not and maybe a gap like that is how the elephants got through. Lack of maintenance...

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06 Oct 2019 22:00 #5372 by onflipflops
Yes that gap has been there for at least the 10 years since I live here.
But even if it wasn't broken they can also just get in through the main opening on the main trail. And just through the river.
I have seen elephant tracks quite a few times on the 'wrong' side of the fence.

I guess they will fix things now, because of the pressure of the general public that does not understand natural selection.
In my opinion, as sad as this incident is, there should not be a fence.
But on the other hand, i understand that the species is not exactly overly abundant in Thailand, so I understand they would want to avoid this from happening.

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08 Oct 2019 12:53 #5375 by onflipflops
Some news sources suggest that further searches have found an additional 5 dead elephants down stream, so the total death toll seems to be 11 elephants :(
Such a shame.

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08 Oct 2019 18:35 #5380 by Paul T
I agree Ton, incredibly sad event but it is the way of the wild, not an easy nor forgiving existence but it is the way it is.

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