Plai Songkran at Thai National Elephant Institute (Thai Elephant Conservation Center, TECC)
|† Plai Songkran||ID Number:|
|Sex and age:||Male, unknown years|
|Dead date:||† 2013-01-10|
|Death reason:||euthanised: poisoned by pesticides by free roaming|
|Location:||Thai National Elephant Institute (Thai Elephant Conservation Center, TECC)|
|Arrived||Thai National Elephant Institute (Thai Elephant Conservation Center, TECC) 2013-01-07|
from GVI Elephant Rescue
|Born:|| captive-born in|
|Parents:||x Boon Jan (Chan, Ms. Moon Blessing)|
|Document updated||2013-05-16:†ate poison, transfered, dead|
Plai is a prefix name, orginally a Mon word, meaning youthful male or a strong man, today used in Thailand for male elephants with tusks.2013-01-06:
He got a hold of some very toxic pesticides on Sunday, 6 Jan which had been left out in a field in our forest. On Monday's hike it was a call for alarm when he defecated blue liquid. His owner's wife and daughter were there checking up on him, which was quite an unusual thing for us to see being that GVIís group and the mahouts are always the only ones out with the elephants. After asking some questions, Song Kranís mahout took me down the hill to where they had covered up an empty bottle of paraquat dichloride.
A vet arrived around 7 pm Monday evening. Song Kran was given fluid intravenously while we waited for a truck to transport him and his mother, Boon Jan, to the hospital. I went with vet and the two elephant owners, Pattie Mokah and Pattie Pommie to the government run hospital in Lampang, an hour outside of Chiang Mai.
We arrived around 7 am Tuesday morning.
The vet showed me pictures of what he had passed in his faeces, an image of indiscernible internal organs. That pesticide shut down his kidneys, liver then nervous system, burned his mouth and esophagus and entered his lungs. The vets do not practice euthanasia so they gave him morphine drips for those 8 hours, from 1 am until 9 am; the time he went
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