Officials are trying to retrieve the bodies of six elephants that fell to their deaths while trying to save each other from a waterfall in Thailand, warning that they pose a water contamination risk.
Khao Yai National Park officers have set up a net downstream from the bodies to stop them from reaching a major dam.
The elephants died after falling from a notorious waterfall known as Haew Narok (Hell’s Fall). Two others were rescued on Saturday.
Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) reached the site after a group of elephants was seen blocking a road by the waterfall.
Three hours later, the body of a three-year-old elephant was spotted near the base of Haew Narok, and five others were discovered nearby. The two surviving elephants were found struggling on a rock.
Authorities have been monitoring their tracks and were confident they were safe, but experts have warned that their long-term survival may be difficult as elephants rely on large herds for protection and finding food.
Officials were using ropes to retrieves the carcasses of the elephants from the swollen river.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Warawut Silpa-archa has ordered the construction of a barricade to stop animals from falling into the waterfall and called for food banks to be set up around the park in an effort to prevent food scarcity which can cause animals to approach dangerous spots.
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