A baby elephant guards its mother’s corpse after she ate poisonous crops in Thailand

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Leave my mom alone! Heartbreaking Video Of Baby Elephant Guarding Its Mother’s Corpse After Eating Poisonous Crops In Thailand

  • 11-month-old elephant Park Mae Mae escaped from his enclosure with his mother Moke Chue, 31, and wandered into a plantation to feed on maize
  • But his mother ate crops sprayed with pesticides in Tak province
  • An adult elephant died of poisoning and a baby elephant refused to leave its side

A heartbroken baby elephant has been found guarding the body of its deceased mother after eating poisonous crops in Thailand.

Elephant Park Mae Mae, 11 months, escaped from her enclosure with her mother Moke Chue, 31, and wandered into a plantation to feed on maize in Tak province on April 22.

However, his mother unknowingly ate crops that had been heavily sprayed with pesticides and fertilizers, which allegedly poisoned the adult jumbo.

Orphan Park Mae Mae was discovered by villagers on April 23, about 12 hours after her mother died, refusing to leave the elephant’s corpse. The images show the confused baby elephant next to its collapsed mother.

Orphan Park Mae Mae was discovered by Thai villagers on April 23, about 12 hours after her mother died, refusing to leave the elephant’s corpse. Footage shows the confused baby elephant next to its collapsed mother

Heartbroken baby elephant guards body of mother who died after eating poisonous crops in Thailand

Heartbroken baby elephant guards body of mother who died after eating poisonous crops in Thailand

Elephant Conservation Foundation chairman Sangduean Chailert said: “We have sent a team to launch an investigation in the village.

“The baby and another adult elephant that was found with them were taken to a facility to be monitored in case they also ate poisonous corn.”

Pak Mae Mae and her mother lived in an elephant camp for tourists, but due to Covid-19 their mahout had to return home as he had lost income.

The baby elephant stands next to its mother's body

The baby elephant stands next to its mother's body

The mother unknowingly ate crops that had been heavily sprayed with pesticides and fertilizers, which would have poisoned the adult jumbo. Pictured: The baby elephant stands next to its mother’s body

Their mahout reportedly let the elephants roam the village during the day, but they escaped that night and ventured into the corn farm.

The body of the dead elephant was taken for an autopsy while the mahout elephants were taken to the facility.

Elephants are the national animal of Thailand. An estimated 2,000 elephants live in the wild and a similar number in captivity. They are protected by laws and killing them is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of 1,000 baht (£25).

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