Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Khun Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary-General of Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and The Foundation staff visit a wild 5-month-old baby elephant at Khao Phatap Chang Ratchaburi Province.  The story: A farmer near Saiyoke Karnchanaburi found the baby elephant abandoned by its mother and herd. Attempts by the farmer to return the baby to the herd failed. The farmer then gave the baby to Wildlife officials who brought the baby elephant to be taken care of at the Prathap Chang Wildlife Breeding Station at Rajchburi.  The baby was found on Dec.5, 2008. Originally, it was thought to be a male elephant and given the name of Plai Mongkol. After ten days at the station it was discovered that the baby was a female elephant.
The condition we found at the Station:  The baby elephant is looked after by the same caretaker as "Khun Chai". He is the person who claims that he discovered that she was female from the way she urinates. It surprises us that the veterinarian in charge was not able to determine the elephant's sex from the beginning . We saw plaster strips on the elephant's ears and remarked about them. We were told that the elephant was given an intravenus glucose solution at the ears becasue she was very weak.  Three to four veterinary students Technology Mahanakorn University at Ratchburi were at the station observing the elephant and recording notes. For the day the elephant had diarreria for the forth time during the time we were there. We checked and discovered that the caretaker was feeding it with baby formula "Enfagrow" which contains milk protein to which elephants are allergic to. The baby elephant is not in the company of elderly female elephants who could help take care of her. It is feared that the baby elephant may die from the lack of knowledgeable treatment. คุณศิวะพร ทรรทรานนท์ และเจ้าหน้าที่มูลนิธิคืนช้างสู่ธรรมชาติ เข้าเยี่ยม ลูกช้างป่าชื่อ "มงคล" อายุเพียง 5 เดือนซึ่งพลัดหลงกับแม่ เจ้าหน้าที่จึงนำมาดูแลที่สถานีเพาะเลี้ยงสัตว์ป่าเขาประทับช้าง จ.ราชบุรี

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