A wild elephant was found dead beside a dirt road on the brink of Ang Runai wildlife sanctuary in Chachoengsao's Sanam Chaikhet district on Tuesday night. Electrocution was suspected to be the cause of its death.

The bull elephant, believed to be about 15 years old, was found lying dead on a dirt road at the entrance to the house of a villager whose compound was cordoned off with barbed wire connected to a car battery.

A group of local administration officials, forest rangers and police was dispatched to the site where the elephant was found dead on Wednesday morning to investigate. They agreed to move the carcass to the veterinarian's office of the wildlife sanctuary for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of its death.

Meanwhile, police escorted the owner of the house where the dead elephant was found to Sanam Chaikhet police station for questioning.

Villagers claimed that they protected their tapioca plantations by barricading them with barbed wires and connected them with car batteries to prevent wild animals from getting into the plantations.

They claimed that the electrical power from the car batteries did not kill elephants, but merely scared them off.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)

A wild elephant was found dead beside a dirt road on the brink of Ang Runai wildlife sanctuary in Chachoengsao's Sanam Chaikhet district on Tuesday night. Electrocution was suspected to be the cause of its death.

The bull elephant, believed to be about 15 years old, was found lying dead on a dirt road at the entrance to the house of a villager whose compound was cordoned off with barbed wire connected to a car battery.

A group of local administration officials, forest rangers and police was dispatched to the site where the elephant was found dead on Wednesday morning to investigate. They agreed to move the carcass to the veterinarian's office of the wildlife sanctuary for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of its death.

Meanwhile, police escorted the owner of the house where the dead elephant was found to Sanam Chaikhet police station for questioning.

Villagers claimed that they protected their tapioca plantations by barricading them with barbed wires and connected them with car batteries to prevent wild animals from getting into the plantations.

They claimed that the electrical power from the car batteries did not kill elephants, but merely scared them off.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)