Old elephant dies of overwork in central Vietnam

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A 63 year-old elephant was worked to death carrying tourists in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak Tuesday, according to a conservation center.

Buon Nhang was found dead by its owner in Yok Don National Park, Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) reported. The animal had been forced to ferry tourists around on its back for years. 

It was the second domesticated elephant to have died in the province in as many months. A 35 year-old elephant died on February 11, also due to overwork in the tourist trade.

Dak Lak has the largest domesticated elephant population in Vietnam but the population is still no larger than 50 since few of them have given birth due to old age, overwork, and the lack of large spaces needed for courtship and reproduction.

The 80 to 100 wild elephants in the province face an escalating threat of poaching and habitat loss at the same time.

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