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Elephant dies in Dak Lak

Update: May, 08/2015 - 15:01
Elephants carry tourists for sightseeing in Central Highland Dak Lak Province. — Photo thanhnien.com.vn

DAK LAK (VNS) — A female elephant that carried tourists on sightseeing trips for several years, died yesterday after a month-long treatment in Dak Lak Province, Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourer) online newspaper reported.

The elephant was owned by the Central Highland province's Buon Don Tourism and Trading Joint Stock Company.

The company discovered the elephant to be unwell in late March. The Dak Lak Elephant Conservation centre treated the elephant for more than a month, but failed to cure her. Authorised agencies are probing the cause of the animal's death.

An estimated five elephants have died in the province since early this year. Statistics from the provincial agriculture and rural development department show Dak Lak is now home to about 43 ‘domesticated' elephants.

The average lifespan of elephants is believed to be 80 years. — VNS


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