Thailand:Thai flooding strands elephants in Ayutthaya
Laaska News Nov. 6 ,2011
In flood-hit central Thailand, dozens of elephants have been stranded for the last 2 months.
A tourist facility in Ayutthaya is home to around 100 elephants and offers visitors the chance to feed and ride them.
In September the elephants were evacuated to higher ground. However, most of the facility is now covered with up to 2 meters of water, leaving them stranded.
Normally an adult elephant eats 250 kilograms of fresh food daily, such as sugar cane and bananas.
But now they must each make do with 150 kilograms of stored food per day.
One elephant suffered an eye injury, but the resident veterinarian cannot provide sufficient treatment.
The vet said it is a pity that the elephant cannot be properly treated. He said he hopes the floodwater will recede soon.
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