- Title: Staff battle to save injured and orphaned baby elephant in Myanmar
- Date: 2nd October 2019
- Summary: BAGO, MYANMAR (OCTOBER 1, 2019) (REUTERS) INJURED LEG OF BABY ELEPHANT, AYEYAR SEIN, IN A BRACE VARIOUS OF CARETAKER MAKING POWDER MILK ON TABLE AYEYAR SEIN'S INJURED LEG IN A BRACE CARETAKER BRINGING MILK BOTTLE TO FEED AYEYAR SEIN VARIOUS OF CARETAKER FEEDING MILK TO AYEYAR SEIN VARIOUS OF AYEYAR SEIN DRINKING MILK AYEYAR SEIN LOOKING INTO CAMERA AYEYAR SEIN'S INJURED LEG VARIOUS OF ELEPHANT TRAINERS LAYING AYEYAR SEIN ON GROUND VETERINARIAN, THAN NAING OO (GREY SHIRT), AND ELEPHANT TRAINERS CLEANING WOUND OF BABY ELEPHANT AYEYAR SEIN VARIOUS OF INJURY CLEANING BY THAN NAIGN OO AND ELEPHANT TRAINERS (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) VETERINARIAN AT WINGABAW ELEPHANT CAMP, THAN NAING OO SAYING: "This baby elephant was injured from the snare trap of the poachers. When she just arrived to the camp last month, her leg was terribly sore. Now she is getting better as we carefully treat her with medicine twice a day." THAN NAING OO AND ELEPHANT TRAINERS TREATING ELEPHANT (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) VETERINARIAN AT WINGABAW ELEPHANT CAMP, THAN NAING OO SAYING: "We don't dare to let her to stay with other elephants as she is still young and her leg is still in pain. We could not find her parents and we are not sure whether or not they were killed by the elephant poachers." THAN NAING OO TENDING TO AYEYAR SEIN'S INJURY (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) VETERINARIAN OF WINGABAW ELEPHANT CAMP, THAN NAING OO SAYING: "We have another baby elephant injured in snare trap, but his injury is not as bad as hers. Her leg is worst among the injured elephants at the camp. They all are well taken care at our camp" BANDAGE WRAPPED LEG OF AYEYAR SEIN STEEPING ON GROUND AYEYAR SEIN INSIDE SHELTER VARIOUS OF ELEPHANTS RETURNING TO CAMP WINGABAW ELEPHANT CAMP MANAGER, SHWE YI WIN HTET, LOOKING AT ARRIVAL OF BABY ELEPHANTS INTO CAMP (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) MANAGER OF WINGABAW ELEPHANT CAMP, SHWE YI WIN HTET SAYING: "We have eight orphaned baby elephants at the camp. We received them from various places for different reasons. Some of them were separated from the parents and some were left alone as their parents were killed by the elephant poachers." SHWE YI WIN HTET PLAYING WITH AYEYAR SEIN BEHIND FENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) MANAGER OF WINGABAW ELEPHANT CAMP, SHWE YI WIN HTET SAYING: "The big challenge for us in taking care of baby elephants is to keep them alive. It is kind of a big problem because two young elephants have died earlier. So, these young (animals) are very important for us. They all do not have mothers to feed them, they are fed with the milk powder. That's why all of us, trainer and camp officials, are looking after them very carefully. Our priority is to prolong their lives." VARIOUS OF ELEPHANT TRAINERS FEEDING MILK TO BABY ELEPHANTS
- Embargoed: 16th October 2019 06:02
- Keywords: Myanmar elephants illegal poaching trap injury
- Location: BAGO, MYANMAR
- City: BAGO, MYANMAR
- Country: Myanmar
- Topics: Environment,Nature/Wildlife
- Reuters ID: LVA001AZEK47T
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: At the Wingabaw elephant camp, about an hour-drive from Yangon, staff are treating the severely injured leg of a four-month baby elephant, Ayeyar Sein, who was found caught in a hunter's snare trap last month.
The baby elephant's parents were believed to have been killed by elephant poachers in the forest of Ayayarwaddy division, where the calf was found on August 8. Forestry officials sent Ayeyar Sein to the Wingabaw elephant camp for her injury to be treated and presumably to live at the camp for the rest of her life with other elephants.
She was given the name Ayeyar Sein by the elephant camp officials, where they traditionally name rescued elephants according to the first name of the state that they were found in.
Wingabaw elephant camp is a government-owned shelter looking after 20 elephants with similar backgrounds. Eight orphaned baby elephants, including Ayeyar Sein, have been adopted by the camp.
There are about 1,400 to 2,000 elephants left in the wild in Myanmar while 5000 remain in captivity, according to a 2018 Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute research, where it highlights elephant poaching as 'an emerging crisis' in the Southeast Asian country. The animal is facing serious threat from being killed for its tusks and skin.
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