January 16, 2014 00:00
By Janjira Pongrai
Two more gaur skeletons were found yesterday in Prachuap Khiri Khan's Kui Buri National Park, bringing the mysterious death toll of wild cattle in the park to 22.
Vatana Pornprasert, director of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department’s Protected Areas Regional Office 3 in Phetchaburi, said officials and villagers found the additional carcasses.
They had been searching the forest to check on the remaining gaur population in the park, following a spate of mysterious deaths of the animals since December 2.
A team of veterinarians would later inspect and collect samples to determine cause of the deaths, he added. Vatana said 80 officials and villagers had worked together on the forest-scanning mission by dividing into 10 teams to check on living gaurs and to look for any more gaur remains in the forest.
A previous report had indicated a herd of 22 gaurs had been frequenting the area for food, he said, but he could not yet confirm if these 22 dead animals were the same herd.