Seven elephants poisoned by paraquat herbicide

 | Fri 5 Mar 2021 12:37 ICT

Seven elephants in Omkoi district have ingested paraquat, a toxic chemical used as an herbicide. Five elephants are in critical condition.

On the night of the 4th March, Chiang Mai University’s Centre of Elephant and Wildlife Research rushed to Omkoi after hearing of seven elephants who fell gravely ill after ingesting the chemical plant killer.

The village was very remote and it took the team of vets many hours to reach. On arrival veteranarians found the seven elephants to have suffered from varying degree of chemical burns on their tongue and in their mouths

Two elephants are recovering well while five were rushed to Lampang’s Elephant Hospital, TECC.

Photos:  Center of Elephant and Wildlife Research FVM CM