May 04, 2014 00:00 By The Sunday Nation 2,483 Viewed
A veterinarian, local police and related officials will today check the carcass of a female gaur, found in Kui Buri National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan on Friday, to try to determine the cause of death, park chief Prawatsat Chanthep said.
The nine-year-old gaur had apparently been dead for at least two weeks before being discovered, and with the carcass in one piece, authorities don’t believe it was the victim of poaching.
This latest death at the park comes after 25 other rare gaurs were mysteriously found dead late last year.
Theerapat Prayurasiddhi, deputy director-general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), said he had instructed DNP veterinarians to conduct an autopsy and collect samples for lab tests in order to determine the cause of death. He said the park had previously reported that five gaurs in the area had developed symptoms of ill health.
Kui Buri district chief Pongpan Wichiensamut said a team of forest patrol officials would be dispatched today to look for more carcasses as the area stank of rotting flesh.