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Elephant electrocuted by high voltage lines

Elephant electrocuted by high voltage lines

SURAT THANI: A male elephant was electrocuted when bamboo stems tangled high-voltage power transmission lines while he was browsing in Khian Sa district of Surat Thani yesterday (July 25).

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 26 July 2016, 11:03AM


Local residents gather around the body of Phlai Singthong, 24, a male elephant electrocuted by overhead power lines while browsing in a grove of bamboo in Surat Thani's Khian Sa district. Photo: Supapong Chaolan

Local residents gather around the body of Phlai Singthong, 24, a male elephant electrocuted by overhead power lines while browsing in a grove of bamboo in Surat Thani's Khian Sa district. Photo: Supapong Chaolan

Thanongchai Churak, 37, the elephant’s owner, said he tethered 24-year-old Phlai Singthong in a grove of bamboo to allow him to eat.

When the elephant grasped some of the bamboo stems with his trunk, they brushed against power transmission lines running overhead. He apparently received the full charge as the electricity grounded through the bamboo, and fell down dead.

Mr Thanongchai said he would have to bury the unfortunate elephant.

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Christy Sweet | 27 July 2016 - 08:56:17

Burying large animals is not a good idea as ground water can easily become contaminated. The USDA recommends composting. Done correctly, and an elephant would need 3- 4 meters of organic material around it, within a year the body will  reduce to only the larger bones.(Remember to slit open the intestinal area or else- KABOOM)

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