Veterinarians conducting an autopsy on the carcass of a dead female elephant found in Kaeng Krachan National Park on Monday were shocked to discover a calf – almost fully grown – inside her womb, and confirmed she was killed by humans.
Authorities originally thought this was a male elephant killed for its ivory, but were surprised to find Wednesday it was a pregnant cow, possibly killed by local farmers. (Photo by Chaiwat Satyaem)
Originally, officials said the elephant was a male, and probably killed for its tusks. Female Asian elephants have no tusks, however, making it more likely the cow was killed by farmers.
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