'Blue powder' may be behind elephant's death

national May 14, 2014 00:00

By Kampanart Khantrakool
The Nat

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Officials are investigating to see if a blue powder - believed to be some form of pesticide - had anything to do with the death of a wild elephant at Kui Buri Forest Reserve.

The carcass of the pachyderm was found yesterday. Kui Buri National Park’s chief Prawattisart Janthep and Yang Chum Police Station’s superintendent Colonel Tinnakorn Prainupong visited the scene personally.

Before the elephant’s carcass was found, many gaurs were also found dead in this forest reserve.

Ongoing investigation found elephant footprints and a suspicious blue powder sprinkled around the mango-tree zone. It is believed that this blue powder is methomyl, a chemical that has been banned in several countries.



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