Authorities in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak are investigating the death of an elephant calf whose carcass was found in a national park Thursday.
Hoang Van Xuan, deputy director of Yok Don Park, told news website VnExpress that forest rangers had discovered the decomposing carcass of the animal, aged no more than a month or two, near a stream.
It was a male calf 90 centimeters tall and weighing nearly 100 kilograms.
Since its head was found pressed into the ground, authorities suspect it could have been stepped upon by its own mother while having a drink.
In Dak Lak, the province with the largest elephant population in the country, 14 wild elephants have died since early 2009, including six this year, from various causes.
The province recently approved a plan to provide farmers a subsidy of more than VND400 million (US$19,200) to care of elephants during pregnancy and for the early care of calves.
There are around 50 domesticated elephants and between 80 and 100 wild ones in the province.
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