Injured baby elephant saved from hunters in Chanthaburi, mother’s whereabouts unknown

A baby elephant with an injured leg was rescued from Chanthaburi hunters on Wednesday night. Now, forestry officers and locals are looking to find the calf an adoptive mother since the whereabouts of his own mom are unknown.

The baby elephant, just three-months-old, had been injured by a trap. It was found  in the Khaeng Hang Maew jungle by Wandee Dokdin, Moo 12 chief, and four other village people, reported Bangkok Post.  

The rescuers brought the baby from the jungle and took it by pickup truck to a Chachoengsao wildlife office early on Thursday. The elephant’s wounds were treated by veterinarians. It was also fed milk and a wildlife official said that the calf’s health was getting better. They have named the baby “Jam.”

Chief of Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary, Decha Nilvichian, thought that the elephant, who weighs just 100 kilograms, might have been trapped for as long as three days.

The baby will remain at the sanctuary to receive 24-hour care but they are also looking for a surrogate mother for the calf, who still needs to be fed naturally for optimal development.

They are searching elephant sanctuaries around Thailand to find a female elephant that might be able to feed the calf.

We hope this baby finds a new “mom” soon.


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