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6 elephants die after falling into waterfall in Thailand

  • Published at 10:54 pm October 5th, 2019
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Dead elephant at the bottom of a waterfall after it fell to its death at Khao Yai National Park in central Thailand on 5 October, 2019 AFP

There are around 300 wild elephants in the park, which covers more than 2,000sqkm of forest and grassland

Six wild elephants have died after falling into a waterfall at the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.

Two others were saved in the incident on Saturday at the Haew Narok Waterfall in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, officials said.

The dead elephants included a three-year old calf, said park chief Kanchit Srinoppawan. The waterfall has been closed temporarily following the incident.

"It was an accident. We have often seen this happening," National Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa told Reuters.

There are around 300 wild elephants in the park, which covers more than 2,000sqkm of forest and grassland. It is home to various wild animals, including bears, elephants and gibbons, and is a popular destination for tourists.