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2 weeks 6 days ago - 2 weeks 5 days ago #5130 by wvwv
what's this animal track? was created by wvwv
3 toed.  length of toes fairly even.  found on the visitor centre to haew suwat trail.


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2 weeks 6 days ago #5131 by onflipflops
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It is more than one footprint. So the original of one footprint is actually two toes, but another print is placed half on top of the first one. This happens quite a lot. Judging from the size most likely Sambar deer or Wild Boar. It looks quite rounded so I would go for Wild Boar if I have to choose. There is no hooved mammal with three toes in Khao Yai ;-)
And since the rhinos seem to be extinct in Thailand, the only uneven-toed ungulate that does occur in Thailand is the Asian Tapir, which does not occur in Khao Yai. Their footprints are quite a bit larger and look very different to the one in your photo.
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2 weeks 6 days ago #5132 by wvwv
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I googled before posting and tapir and rhino were all that came up. I thought there were some rhino in the western forest complex near Myanmar?  Anyway this was 2 separate prints, so it seemed unlikely to me to be a perfect alignment on consecutive strides (assuming back hoof is treading in the imprint of the front hoof). There werent any other two toed prints in the same patch of dirt either. But if there's no other animal then that must be the case.

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2 weeks 6 days ago #5133 by onflipflops
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Well there has been no proof of rhino sightings/ tracks for quite a long time. I think one of the last locations is more than a decade ago when footprints were found in Phu Khieo WS, but I believe shortly after a dead one was found which might have been the end of it. I have not heard of any new sightings, camera traps or tracks that proof their presence.
But Tapir is still found in the Western forest complex and on the Thai peninsula. Though I have yet to see one, I have only seen foot prints and dung.

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