A male elephant in Dak Lak died on Monday to become the third domestic elephant died in the Central Highlands province so far this year.
The 33-year-old Kham Phui died for unknown reason when being taken home from grazing ground in the forest, said the owner Y Dhui.
“We took him to the forest in the morning for grazing as usual. When taking him home in the evening he collapsed some 200 meters from home and died a couple of minutes later,” Tien Phong quoted Dhui as saying.
Dhui reported the case to local authorities and the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center.
Meanwhile, he and other villagers held a traditional funeral for the elephant.
Nguyen Cong Chung, deputy director of Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center, said his agency has coordinated with local authorities to investigate the elephant’s death.
Kham Phui is the second domestic elephant in Dak Lak died in two weeks.
On March 3, a 30-year-old male elephant of Y Ka Tuk in Buon Don District – a popular tourist destination in Dak Lak – allegedly died of exhaustion after a long time to overwork of serving tourists.
It was unclear about Kham Phui’s work.
A local resident, who wanted to remain unnamed, said that Kham Phui is from Krong Ana District which is not a popular destination.
“But he might have died of overworking too because people often force elephants towing logs in the forest,” she said.
Dak Lak is currently home to the highest number of domestic elephants nationwide, with 45 individuals, excluding the three that died so far this year.