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Six Elephants Die Trying To Save Each Other At Thai Waterfall

Five adult elephants have fallen to their deaths at a waterfall in Thailand while trying to save a baby in the herd.

The incident reportedly occurred when a three-year-old elephant fatally tumbled into the Haew Narok waterfall, also known as "Hell's Abyss".

Five adult elephants tried to rescue it, but drowned in the process.

Khao Yai national park, a popular tourist destination, has been closed since park officials discovered what happened.

According to Thai Public Broadcasting Service, officials heard elephants crying around 3am on Saturday (local time).

When they searched the area at dusk, they found the baby elephant half-submerged in the first tier of the waterfall and five adult elephants that had drowned in the stream nearby.

The two remaining elephants in the herd were standing on the edge of the cliff above.

The two surviving elephants have been removed from the area and are being monitored.

Edwin Wiek, the founder of Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, said one of the surviving elephants is believed to be the mother of the calf that drowned.

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Wiek told the BBC that the two elephants may now struggle to survive as the mammals are known to suffer from emotional grief and they usually rely on larger herds for food and protection.