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Six elephants drown at Thai waterfall, two others in care

Six elephants drowned at a waterfall in Thailand while apparently trying to save a calf, according to national park officials.

Sumatran elephants

They are now safe after making their way out of the water on their own, the statement added. Officials had been planning a rescue.

Veterinarians are monitoring the conditions of two other elephants that saw the ordeal, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said in a statement on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

Park officials initially discovered a three-year-old elephant drowning in the Haew Narok Waterfall, part of the Khao Yai National Park, about 160 kilometres north-east of Bangkok.

Two other elephants had been watching the infant from a cliff. People nearby heard loud cries from the distressed animals in the early hours of Saturday morning, the parks department said.

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The young elephant did not survive, and officials found five other drowned elephants on the first level of the large three-tiered waterfall, which has been temporarily closed to visitors.

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