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‘Distressed’ elephant photo spurs zoo probe

SAMUT PRAKAN: Livestock and wildlife protection authorities inspected the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo yesterday (Dec 12) following the release of images showing a grossly underweight elephant being made to perform tricks during a show.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 13 December 2018, 09:32AM


After shocking images of the animal went viral on social media, the zoo operators were accused of animal cruelty, but they insisted the animal was not suffering from any health problems.

Nuwat Leelapata, deputy chief of the Wildlife Protection Task Force, said the officials collected blood and stool samples from the elephant to see if it had any health issues.

The Crocodile Farm has recently drawn criticism from visitors.

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According to Mr Nuwat, concerns were raised about the condition of two elephants.

Vet Supakan Kaewchote said the elephant clearly looked underweight and to be suffering from muscular atrophy. She said lab tests would reveal any deeper-rooted health issues.

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Kurt | 14 December 2018 - 13:01:26

..."But they ( zoo keepers) insisted the animals were not suffering any health problem"..   Another few thai lying, making their own truth. And, in actually being dumb, saying that the Vet talk nonsense. Photo's say it all, zoo operators, dumb and cruel. Any tourist visiting will be shocked. Some damage about thai tourism image? Hellooo !

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