PROLOGUE: Officials have so far not released the country of origin of this wildlife import to Thailand and media agencies remain mum. ECOTERRA Intl. urged the Thai authorities to facilitate an indpendent investigation. The public has a right to know which rogue African government allowed the export, well knowing that Thailand is one of the worst countries in the world when it comes to animal wellbeing and rights. 24 lorries ferried the different wildlife species from the airport to the rogue Safaripark in Thailand. It is assumed that also the second giraffe was hit by wrongly dosed immobilisation dart from a tranquillizer-gun, but then broke down in the ditch and drowned. Sources with more details please send your info to [confidentiality guaranteed].
Fugitive giraffe found dead in Thailand canal
The story of the giraffe which escaped from truck in Bangkok takes a tragic turn, after it is found dead in a lotus swamp near a main road
By AFP - 30. January 2020
BANGKOK, Thailand – A giraffe, whose daring escape from a convoy en route to a Thai breeding station and won hearts online, was found dead in a lotus-clogged canal on Thursday, January 30, after a two-day search using drones and hang gliders.
Two giraffes made a bid for freedom from the back of a poorly secured truck as it slowed in highway traffic after leaving Bangkok's main airport on Tuesday, January 28.
The animals had been imported from an unnamed African country and was destined for Safari World, a popular attraction outside Bangkok which describes itself as "an open zoo".
Rescuers caught one of the creatures after stunning it with a tranquilizer gun, but the other escaped into scrubland – cheered on by hundreds of thousands of people on social media.
The story took a tragic turn, however, after it was found dead in a lotus swamp near a main road, according to Safari World.
Vets will determine the final cause of death.
Hundreds of thousands of Thais followed Facebook live videos of journalists trailing the hunt for the runaway ungulate.
Comments lamenting its fate poured onto social media. "Hope you reincarnate in a better world lil giraffe," said one.
Safari World is Thailand's biggest animal park, but the multi-million dollar company has in the past been criticized for training its creatures to perform for entertainment – including staging boxing matches with orangutans.
Zoos and animal shows are common in Thailand, where tourists pay to have their pictures taken with tigers or watch elephants play football and perform tricks.
Escaped giraffe found dead in lotus ditch
By Agencies - 30. January 2020
A giraffe that escaped from a container of zoo animals on the way to a breeding station in Prachin Buri was found dead in Chachoengsao province on Thursday after a two-day search using drones and hang gliders.
The giraffe was found in the ditch in front of Sunrise Lagoon Hotel & Golf Club on Highway 304 along Chachoengsao-Phanom Sarakham route at around 1.30pm. The animal was partially covered with lotus leaves in the ditch, Thai media reported.
Safari World Plc staffers and rescue workers tried to retrieve the carcass from the ditch. Veterinarians would investigate the cause of the animal’s death.
Rescue workers try to retrieve the dead giraffe from a roadside ditch in Chachoengsao province on Thursday. (Screenshot from TV Channel 8)
On Tuesday, a convoy of 24 lorries with the animals in containers left Suvarnabhumi airport about 4pm. The destination was an animal breeding station near Rojana Industrial Estate in Mahaphot district of Prachin Buri.
The animals were imported by Safari World Plc, which operates a number of zoos in Thailand.
One of the lorries, a six-wheeler, was carrying a container with three giraffes. As it was travelling along Highway 304 in Bang Khla district, two giraffes jumped from the back of the poorly secured lorry as it slowed in highway traffic after leaving Bangkok's main airport on Tuesday.
After being reported, a team of national park and wildlife officials at the 2nd Forest Conservation Office in Chon Buri's Si Racha district tracked down and recaptured a 4-metre-tall giraffe with a tranquiliser shot, but there was no sign of the other one, which was 5-6 metres tall.
Hundreds of thousands of people followed Facebook live videos of journalists trailing the hunt for the runaway ungulate.
Comments lamenting its fate poured onto social media.
"Hope you reincarnate in a better world lil giraffe," said one.
Safari World is Thailand's biggest animal park, but the multi-million-dollar company has in the past been criticised for training its creatures to perform for entertainment — including staging boxing matches with orangutans.
Zoos and animal shows are common in the country, where tourists pay to have their pictures taken with tigers or watch elephants play football and perform tricks.
A video clip shows a man speeding his motorcycle and being nearly hit by a giraffe ahead of him along Highway 304 in Chachoengsao province. It is not clear which giraffe is shown in the clip posted on Facebook at 6.53pm on Tuesday. (Nuntiya Mahathein Facebook)
Has anyone seen a giraffe running on a highway in Thailand. Two giraffes escaped from a truck and only one has been caught. The pair were being transported Tuesday from a Bangkok airport to a new zoo.
On Tuesday, the convoy of 24 trucks with the animals in containers departed from Suvarnabhumi airport about 4pm. The destination was an animal breeding station near Rojana Industrial Estate in Mahaphot district of Prachin Buri.
When the truck stopped at an intersection, the giraffes jumped out and ran away, local media reported. Their escape caused a traffic jam, some motorists honked their horns to scare the giraffes away.
Monthon Mongphet, 53, the driver of the transport truck stopped and found out the metal sliding door of the container was open. Consequently it had not been properly locked, allowing the two giraffes to get out.
A video posted on social media showed a giraffe galloping in the middle of a road. While another filmed at dusk showed a giraffe in front of a bush with vehicles passing.
The four-year-old creature ‘disappeared into the darkness, volunteer firefighter Jongput Jira-apakul said. A Safari World spokesperson – which imported the giraffes confirmed the giraffe was ‘still on the run.
The tall tale has seen hundreds of thousands of Thais following Facebook live videos of journalists trailing the hunt for the runaway creature.
Pin Kewkacha, executive chairman of Safari World said it was the first time something like this had occurred in the more than 30 years he had been in the business. He suspected the bolt on the door had been accidentally unlatched while the container was being transferred to the truck.
Safari World, has in the past been criticized for training animals to perform for entertainment. Including staging boxing matches with orangutans.
SafariWorld and Chiangmai Night Safari Zoos in Thailand are infamous for their animal torture
In Chiangmai day-active animals like these giraffes are chased into the bright beams during the night to entertain visitors.
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