A family of six wild elephants died Saturday while trying to save each other after falling into a waterfall at the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.
Two others were saved during the incident at the Haew Nark waterfall in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, officials said.
The tragic incident unfolded after a three-year-old calf slipped over the waterfall, the BBC reported.
”The waterfall has been closed temporarily following the incident. The national resources and environment minister, Varawut Silpa-archa, told Reuters: “It was an accident. We have often seen this happening.”
According to various sources, there are about 300 wild elephants in the park, which covers more than 772 sq miles (2,000 sq km) of forest and grassland. It is home to various wild animals, including bears and gibbons, and is a popular destination for tourists. ●