Vietnam elephant dies from cold, hunger on travel

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Authorities in central Vietnam on October 22 cremated an elephant that died earlier while traveling for circus performance.

The 70-year-old elephant, named Ho Nun, died in Quang Nam Province the night of October 20. The animal had been tired and refusing foods earlier, according to people in a circus troupe who were traveling with the elephant.

Ho Nun had been rented out by its owner in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak to the circus troupe for performance with the troupe in Quang Nam.

Truong Van Nam, chief manager of the troupe, said there had not been enough food for the animal lately and the weather was too cold for its age to handle.


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Vietnam's domesticated elephant population has plunged from around 500 in 1985 to the current tally of 52.

Many of them have had to work very hard or have been threatened by poachers who want their tusks and tail hair.

Local captive breeding programs have not been successful in getting elephants to mate.

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