Khao Yai National Park, Thailand: Authorities have found 5 more elephant carcasses at a waterfall called “Hell’s Fall”, which is the same waterfall where 6 elephants were found dead last week.
The 5 more elephants were discovered by the authorities who were using a drone to investigate the deaths of the other elephants at the waterfall in Khao Yai National Park.
The Khao Yai National Park is located in the northeastern part of Thailand.
Authorities believe that the elephants plunged to their deaths while they were trying to rescue a baby elephant that fell in the same waterfall.
In 1992, 8 elephants fell to their deaths in the waterfall. This is the reason why many call the fall as “hell’s fall”.
Officials at the national park sent small drones into the remote area so they could investigate the deaths of the 6 elephants that died last week.
Nattapong Sirichanam, the governor of Nakhorn Nayok, which is the province adjacent to the mountains, said, “We flew drones at a height of 15 meters above the ground as we can’t walk in to confirm the deaths.”
The drone footage showed 5 more elephant bodies in the fall.
The governor added, “We assume that there were 13 elephants in this herd and two of them survived. We are 100% confident that two of them are alive as the officials saw them going out for food around the area of Haew Narok falls.”
Last week, the police were called by locals when a group of elephants blocked a road that is near the waterfall.
Upon investigation, the authorities found the body of a 3-year-old calf on the base of the waterfalls.
After some time, the authorities found 5 more dead bodies in the fall.
Authorities also found out that 2 elephants that belonged to the herd were stuck on a ledge.
They were rescued afterwards.
The founder of the Wildlife Friends Foundation in Thailand, Edwin Wiek, said the 2 elephants are going to have a hard time surviving as the animals heavily rely on each other in finding food and protection.
Wiek said losing an elephant in a herd is like losing half your family.
He added, “There’s nothing you can do, its nature, unfortunately.”
The death toll has officially increased to 11, which makes it the highest number of elephants to die in a single incident in the national park.