Injured wild elephant rescued in Vietnam

By Tran Ngoc Quyen, Thanh Nien News

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A wild elephant is recovering well from severe injuries caused by poachers' trap and will be released to a forest in central Vietnam soon, rescuers say.
“He is recovering well after a week of treatment of the wounded trunk and foot,” said Huynh Trung Luan, director of Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center in the Central Highlands.
The 3-year-old elephant, weighing about 500 kg, was reported to the center by local residents late last month when it was grazing with domestic elephants in the Yok Don National Park.
The center staff said the wounds in his trunk and foot showed signs of infection.
Conservationists tranquilized the animal before taking it back to the center for surgeries and treatment.
“The wounds are healing well and we will release him soon,” he said.
It was the second time the center has rescued an injured wild elephant. In 2012, it set free another elephant caught in a trap set by poachers in the Yok Don National Park.
In related news, a domestic elephant in Dak Lak died on March 7 from overwork of serving tourist at the Ban Don Tourism Area in the province’s Buon Don District.
Y Ka Tuc, the owner of the 40-year-old male elephant, held a funeral for him as by tradition.
Less than 50 domestic elephants are being kept for serving tourists in Dak Lak Province – the locality with largest number of domestic elephants. Several of them have died of overwork and lack of food in recent years.

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