Concerns Grow as Villagers Discover Lost Wild Elephant Calf in Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve

Bueng Kan Villagers Concerned about “Lost” Wild Elephant Calf

Villagers from Ban Thep Meechai in Bueng Khla District, Bueng Kan Province, have stumbled upon a distressing sight inside the Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve. A baby wild elephant calf, affectionately named Phu Wua, was found wandering restlessly in the vicinity of the villagers’ rice fields, close to Khao Phu Wua. Acting swiftly, the concerned residents alerted the officials from the Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve, seeking immediate assistance in reuniting the young elephant with its mother. Sadly, there has been no sign of the mother’s return, and the latest symptoms exhibited by the calf continue to cause concern.

The villagers, while tapping rubber in nearby huts, were startled by the cries of wild elephants searching for food. Rising before dawn, they were met with the sight of a lone baby elephant navigating through the rice fields. Alarmed by the situation, the villagers promptly contacted Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve officials, requesting urgent intervention. While helping to guide the young calf out of a pit, they noticed it was a female with an estimated age of only 1-2 months. Exhibiting signs of exhaustion, the calf continuously called out for its mother since the early hours of the morning, raising further worries about its well-being. The authorities constructed an enclosure along the pathway commonly used by wild elephant herds in their ascent and descent of Khao Phu Wua. Here, they patiently wait for the mother and her herd to return and retrieve the stranded calf.

Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve Officials’ Vigilant Efforts

Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve officials promptly responded to the villagers’ distress call, assessing the physical condition of the calf and providing essential care. The authorities have been diligently providing water, milk, and antibiotics to the young elephant every 2-3 hours, carefully monitoring its health. To ensure the calf’s safety and comfort, a dedicated enclosure has been constructed near the entrance to Khao Phu Wua, enabling it to stay within proximity to the anticipated return of its family. Aware of the urgency, the reserve has assembled a nimble response team to expedite the reunification process while guaranteeing the welfare of the animal. Officials, alongside the members of the elephant pushing team, have remained vigilant, observing throughout the night until the herd eventually resurfaces to claim the calf, and guide them back into the forest.

Last Updates and Ongoing Efforts

As of the morning of September 13, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation has reported the absence of any returning elephant herds in the previously identified lost areas. Consequently, they have coordinated efforts with the veterinary staff from SBO 10 to assess the situation and strategize the best course of action for the young elephant calf, in alignment with the recommended guidelines.

Recently, Ms. Kanchana Silpa-archa expressed her concerns regarding the condition of the lost elephant calf via her personal Facebook page. She reported that the calf is experiencing difficulties in consuming milk, accompanied by diarrhea and a foul odor. Doubts are rising regarding the likelihood of the herd returning to retrieve the calf. However, officials remain determined to track the herd’s movements. The calf has received a small saline solution from a veterinarian, with blood drawn for testing at Surin Province the following morning to gain further insights into its health. Updates on the situation will be shared periodically, ensuring the public remains informed.

Bueng Kan villagers found a “lost wild elephant calf” inside the Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve Officials set up a pen and waited for his mother to come and get him. But there is still no sign. The latest symptoms are still worrying.

For the villagers of Ban Thep Meechai, Village No. 7, Nong Daen Subdistrict, Bung Khla District, Bueng Kan Province, they found baby Phu Wua a wild elephant walking restlessly. In the villagers’ rice fields Close to Khao Phu Wua In the area of ​​responsibility of the Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve Early on the morning of September 12th, they went in to help. and inform the Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve officials immediately Come to the rescue and push the elephant back into the forest. It was found that wild elephant calves She is about 1-2 months old, female, she has no injuries, but she is tired and calls her mother every now and then.

Mother does not come back to pick her up and she prepares to move “Nong Mina” to nursery with “Chao Tula”.

The opening of the “Plaisak Surin” elephant gift ceremony after returning from Sri Lanka

After being informed Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve Officers Enter the area to assess the physical condition of wild elephant calves and bring water and milk to drink every 2-3 hours of 1-1.5 liters and antibiotics Officers have built an enclosure for wild elephant calves to live in. Within the area near the entrance to Khao Phu Wua The path that herds of wild elephants regularly go up and down. To wait for the mother and the herd to come back to pick her up. which is Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve A fast moving team and an elephant pushing team were organised. I stayed up all night observing until the herd of elephants returned to take the baby elephants into the forest.

The villagers were tapping rubber in nearby huts. Those who saw wild elephants coming in search of food said they woke up before it was light and heard the sound of elephants crying. And it gets higher and closer. So he woke up to see a wild elephant calf walking in the middle of a rice field, all alone. and walked towards the pool area So he quickly called a friend who was nearby. Let’s have a look together. and call Phu Wua Wildlife Reserve officials to come and have a look. During the time they were helping to push the elephant out of the pit Note that it was a female elephant. He was still young, probably no more than 1-2 months, because his body did not look strong. and she must have been tired because she had been crying since about 5 am, and when lying down she noticed that something was wrong because the voice is always in the same place. Previously he cried 2-3 times and then went quietly up the mountain. When the officers arrived, they went to make a pen in the forest on the way up the mountain. to wait for the herd of elephants to come and pick us up

Most recently, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reported that no herd of elephants had returned to their lost areas until the morning of September 13. Therefore, we have coordinated with SBO 10 veterinary staff to enter the area to inspect and consider taking action against the wild elephant calves in accordance with the next guidelines.

Recently, Ms. Kanchana Silpa-archa posted a message through her personal Facebook page stating that “The baby elephant was lost in the herd at Phu Wua, Bueng Kan. Its condition is worrying. I have learned as follows. The child is still unable to drink milk. There is diarrhea and a foul smell . It is expected that the herd will not come to pick her up, but officers will try to follow the herd. The doctor gave the small saline solution. Tomorrow morning, blood will be drawn and results will be sent to Surin Province to be tested. I will ask for information to be reported from time to time.”

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