Baby wild elephant is found dead

The baby elephant is probably Thailand's most popular animal so it was quite a shock when a one-year-old calf was found dead in a forest yesterday.

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Senior officials, led by deputy Kanchanaburi governor Suriyan Kanchanasil, inspect the carcass of a baby elephant, about one-year-old, found at Pongkeng forest in tambon Wangdong of Kanchanaburi’s Muang district yesterday. PIYARACH CHONGCHAROEN


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Baby wild elephant is found dead

The baby elephant is probably Thailand's most popular animal so it was quite a shock when a one-year-old calf was found dead in a forest yesterday.

Villagers found the dead female in the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi’s Muang district and immediately informed local officials.

Senior officials and veterinarians, led by deputy Kanchanaburi governor Suriyan Kanchanasil, went to the scene to inspect the carcass.

How the animal died is still a mystery. Mr Suriyan said there were no traces of bruising on the baby elephant’s body.

Veterinarians yesterday removed the young animal’s organs and sent them to be examined to find the cause of death.

The carcass was later burnt. Veterinarian Samart Prasitthipol said the calf had been dead for about eight hours before the villagers in the area found it.

He said it would take three days to complete the post-mortem on the organs.

Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post.

senior – with a high rank or position อาวุโส
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ, ตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
carcass – the body of a dead animal ซาก
popular – a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
shock – a strong feeling of surprise as a result of something happening, especially something unpleasant; the event that causes this feeling ช็อค, ความสะดุ้ง, อาการช็อค
calf – a young cow or, in this case, a young elephant  ลูกวัว, ลูกช้าง
female – of the sex that can lay eggs or give birth to babies, being a woman or a girl ตัวเมีย, เพศหญิง, ผู้หญิง
wildlife sanctuary – a place where birds or animals can live and be protected, especially from hunters or dangerous conditions เขตสงวนพันธุ์สัตว์ป่า
immediately – happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ท้องถิ่น
veterinarian – a person with a medical degree trained to take care of the health of animals สัตวแพทย์
scene – site; a place where something happens or happened สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
mystery – a quality that makes someone or something difficult to explain, understand, or get information about, especially when it also makes them seem interesting or exciting สิ่งที่ไม่สามารถอธิบายได้, ความแปลกประหลาด
traces – small marks, in this case, on the surface of the skin ร่องรอย
bruising – marks that you get on your body if you are hit or if you knock against something  แผลฟกช้ำ, รอยฟกช้ำ
organ – a part of the body that has a particular purpose, such as the heart or the brain  อวัยวะ
examine – to look at somebody/something closely, to see if there is anything wrong or to find the cause of a problem ตรวจ
post-mortem – a medical examination of the body of a dead person in order to find out how they died การชันสูตร

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