An elephant calf that was injured after falling into a trap in Chanthaburi has been rescued.
The injured animal was spotted by villagers in Khao Sip Ha Chan National Park in Kaeng Hang Maeo before rescuers and veterinarians from Protected Areas Regional Office 2 moved in to save its life.
Ruamsilp Manajongprasert, director of the office said he mobilised park officers and rescuers to help the elephant, aged around three months, which had been snared inside the trap.
The elephant was moved to a park ranger station to be disentangled and treated by veterinarians.
Wounds from thorns in the trap meant that staff decided to keep the animal on the premises for a day to receive extra care before it was released back into the wild.
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation posted on its social media account that snare traps made with simple tools pose a deadly threat to wildlife, particularly as animals struggling to break free often ended up wounding themselves further.
The department has deployed officers nationwide to monitor and curtail the use of these life-threatening traps which, according to the survey, are commonly found in conservation areas.Internet Explorer Channel Network