An elephant calf found alone last week in the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province died this morning despite park rangers trying to save it.
Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra said that the elephant calf succumbed to an illness at about 3 am on Monday.
“We regret and are saddened by the death of the 10-day old elephant calf found in the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary after days of caring. Park rangers were trying to save it,” Mr Pheaktra said.
Mondulkiri provincial environment department said that the elephant calf no longer ate fodder, did not drink water, did not move its legs and became weaker.
It said that the experts believed that its herd left behind the elephant calf because of its bad health.