Injured wild elephant in Vietnam recovering after treatment

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A wild elephant recently found with injuries after getting snared in traps in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak is reportedly improving after being rescued May 14.

Tran Van Thanh, acting director of the Yok Don National Park, told Tuoi Tre newspaper the animal is eating fruits and sugarcane.

Vets gave the animal antibiotics to treat its injuries, and plan to perform a surgery in the next few days, he said.

The five-year-old elephant was first spotted in a protected forest within the park on May 7, by which time its wounds had already become infected, park rangers said.

By the time it was captured near the Serepok Border Gate (with Cambodia) the animal had shed itself of the traps and traversed dozens of kilometers.

Its trunk had a deep gash and its right foot also had a severe injury.

A rescuer said the elephant weighs 700 kilograms and has a pair of tusks measuring 30 centimeters each.

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Upon first spotting the animal, authorities from Yok Don National Park and the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center brought two tame elephants, mahouts, veterinarians, and food.

But they needed two more tame elephants to finally locate and trap it.

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