Impressed: National Park Rangers at Tad Mok Fog Assist Stranded Elephant During Patrol
On January 16, 2024, Mr. Nararat Sirimakorn, the head of Tad Mok National Park in Phetchabun province, shared an inspiring incident involving park rangers from the 1st Unit (Nong Maklua). They were conducting a quality inspection patrol (Smart Patrol) as part of the Green-Mountain-Cold-Water Forest group, which includes Tad Mok National Park, Cold-Water National Park, and the Green-Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary.
The head of the patrol unit at the 1st Unit (Nong Maklua) reported that on January 11, 2024, around 2:00 PM, during a patrol at the clearwater forest area (Pong Bong) within the Green-Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary in Huai Yai Sub-district, Mueang District, Phetchabun Province, they discovered a stranded elephant calf in the mud. The calf’s mother was nearby, circling anxiously. The rangers observed the situation from a distance for a considerable time until the mother moved away, ensuring it was safe. Once the rangers confirmed the safety of the situation, they decided to rescue the stranded elephant calf and set up a temporary camp to monitor the elephants.
On January 12, 2024, around 9:00 AM, the rangers observed that a herd of elephants had approached the vicinity of the camp and the stranded calf, about 100 meters away. To avoid potential conflicts, the rangers swiftly withdrew from the area, allowing the herd to come and retrieve the calf. The rangers closely monitored the situation until the elephants moved back into the forest. Confident that the mother had safely reclaimed her calf, the rangers concluded the patrol without observing any wrongdoing.
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