Another domestic elephant dies in Central Highlands

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The 38-year-old elephant died in a forest in Dak Lak Province on April 15. Photo credit: PLO The 38-year-old elephant died in a forest in Dak Lak Province on April 15. Photo credit: PLO

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Police in central Vietnam are investigating the attack on a 38-year-old domestic elephant, leading to her death on April 15.
The elephant, Y Lun, were found dead at a grazing ground near the Serepok River in Dak Lak Province at around 8 PM.
Her owner, Y Nhuan Hmok said the elephant had been unable to feed and walk for two days.
Y Lun used to be chained in the forest for grazing, a common practice applied on domestic elephants in the Central Highlands.
In August 2014, her tail was cut by some unidentified thieves at a grazing ground near her home in Dak Lak’s Buon Don District. Hairs on elephant tail are believed to bring good luck, according to local residents.
Then, about two weeks ago, someone inflicted a severe cut in her foot, VnExpress quoted local police officer Y Co Bkrong as saying.
Y Lun was brought to the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center for treatment. Her condition became better after a week, so her owners brought her back to the forest where she died. The cause of death is unknown.
In 2011, Pak Cu, another elephant in Dak Lak’s Buon Don District succumbed to hundreds of injuries after being attacked by some thieves stealing his tusks and tail.
Dak Lak is home to the largest number of domestic nationwide, which topped 500 individuals in the 1980s. However, the number has shrunk to less than 50 recently after they died to overwork serving tourists and being unable to reproduce.

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