Park rangers are tending to an elephant calf found alone in the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province on Saturday.
Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra yesterday said the rangers will keep watch over the 10-day-old calf at the spot for a few more days before moving it to a safer place.
“The elephant calf was too skinny when our rangers found it,” he said, adding that it is being cared for at the spot it was found in case its herd comes back for it.
“We will feed the elephant calf so that it becomes stronger and then decide on the next step,” Mr Pheaktra said.
He noted that last week rangers found two elephant calves, one of which had died in Ratanakiri province.
Mr Pheaktra said that the rotting carcass of the calf was found in the river along the border between Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri provinces on Wednesday.
“We do not know why the elephant calf died yet, but believe that it drowned,” he noted. “There were no injuries to suggest that it was killed for any other reason because it had a broken leg which we think was caused by a large rock which it had stumbled on.”
There are more than 500 wild elephants in the Kingdom.