A team of Khao Yai national park officials was rushed to Khundarn Prakarnchon dam Saturday (Dec 9) after they had been alerted by tourists of an elephant floating in the reservoir and might drown.
Senior official Mr Aram Taphirun and his men immediately took a boat ride to the spot where the wild elephant was sighted. The found the bull elephant, aged about 15 years old, floating about 100 metres from Pha Ngam Ngon waterfall with its head above the water.
The officials did not rush to the animal's rescue, believing that it would be able to swim to safety. They watched from a short distance away as the elephant managed to land itself on the reservoir bank at about 1 pm.
A veterinarian, Mr Pattharaphol Manee-on, later arrived at the scene to observe the elephant to make sure that it would not suffer from cramps and would make it to safety.
Park officials said that they would step up patrolling to prevent elephants from venturing too close to the reservoir for their safety.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)