11 elephants plunge off waterfall to their deaths after trying to save baby

At least 11 elephants died after attempting to rescue a baby elephant that had slipped over a waterfall in Thailand, according to the New York Post

Wildlife officials at Khao Yai National Park confirmed on Tuesday that a drone spotted the bodies of five more elephants near Haew Narok, a waterfall otherwise known as "Hell's Fall." Officials had initially reported that six elephants, including a 3-year-old calf, had died in a nearby ravine.

"Probably, one of the smaller elephants might have slid and the adult ones were trying to rescue them but instead, were swept away by the water," Badin Chansrikam, a local official, said.

Two elephants reportedly survived and were found near the cliff where the other elephants had fallen off. 

"We assume that there were 13 elephants in this herd and two of them survived," said Nattapong Sirichanam, governor of the Nakhon Nayok province. "We are 100 percent confident that two of them are alive as the officials saw them going out for food around the area of Haew Narok falls."

Nattapong added that officials are now considering building walkways over the falls to prevent a similar incident from occurring again. In 1992, eight elephants died in the same area after falling off the cliff.

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EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / This photo by Thai News Pix taken on October 5, 2019 shows two elephants (one behind the other) trapped on a small cliff at a waterfall at Khao Yai National Park in central Thailand as rescuers work to save them. - At least six wild elephants drowned after tumbling down a waterfall in the Thai national park, authorities said on October 5, as rescuers worked through the night to save two of the animals on the brink of the same fateful plunge. (Photo by PANUPONG CHANGCHAI / THAI NEWS PIX / AFP) (Photo by PANUPONG CHANGCHAI/THAI NEWS PIX/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / This photo by Thai News Pix taken on October 5, 2019 shows a dead elephant at the bottom of a waterfall after it fell to its death at Khao Yai National Park in central Thailand. - At least six wild elephants drowned after tumbling down a waterfall in the Thai national park, authorities said on October 5, as rescuers worked through the night to save two of the animals on the brink of the same fateful plunge. (Photo by PANUPONG CHANGCHAI / THAI NEWS PIX / AFP) (Photo by PANUPONG CHANGCHAI/THAI NEWS PIX/AFP via Getty Images)
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