A female elephant calf, found abandoned in the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province on Friday, died yesterday despite efforts by park rangers to help her.
Neth Pheaktra, a spokesman for Environment Ministry, said the calf died at about 3am due to deteriorating health.
Park rangers had found the calf in a sickly and weak condition with injuries on the abdomen and mouth. “It is really sad that the 10-day-old wild elephant calf died just days after being rescued by park ranger who were trying to nurse it back to health,” he said.
Mr Pheaktra noted that this was the second case of a wild elephant calf death after the carcass of one was found in Ratanakiri province on Thursday.
Keo Sopheak, Mondulkiri provincial environment department director, said yesterday that the body of the elephant calf is still being kept at the sanctuary pending a postmortem by wildlife NGOs.
He added the elephant herd the calf belonged to, covered her with leaves and left her at a spot because she was too sickly to continue the journey.
“We can say it is a big loss because elephants are an endangered species which need to be protected,” Mr Sopheak noted.
A statement from the provincial environment department said yesterday, on Sunday night the calf started to reject food and water set aside for her and became very weak.
“Her health had deteriorated rapidly and she could not be saved,” it said.