Endangered elephant sent back to forest in southern Vietnam

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The elephant was reportedly straying into residential and farming areas. Photo credit: VnExpress. The elephant was reportedly straying into residential and farming areas. Photo credit: VnExpress.

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Forest rangers in the southern province of Dong Nai on Tuesday managed to bring a straying elephant back to the forest after finding it near local homes. 
The male adult elephant belongs to the endangered Asian elephant species. In Vietnam it has a "critically endangered" status. 
“He has recently shown up around the area for a week now,” an officer of the local nature conservation zone told VnExpress. “He is very friendly to humans... He’s never destroyed anything." 
The elephant was transported during the night to minimize human contacts and released to the wild. 

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