Plai Songkran
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC) in Thailand

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Plai Songkran  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Born:* captive-born
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Parents: x ♀ Boon Jan (Chan, Ms. Moon Blessing)
Dead: 2013-01-10
Death reason: euthanised: poisoned by pesticides by free roaming
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC), in Thailand

Date of arrival

2013-01-07Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC)
from GVI Elephant Rescue

Record history
History of updates2013-05-16: ate poison, transfered, dead

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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† Plai Songkran is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2013-01-10 at Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC), in Thailand, . Official death reason described as poisoned by pesticides by free roaming.


Plai is a prefix name, orginally a Mon word, meaning youthful male or a strong man, today used in Thailand for male elephants with tusks.

Plai Songkran was born captive-born .


Parents of Plai Songkran are: ♂ (father) and ♀ Boon Jan (Chan, Ms. Moon Blessing) (mother).


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Boon Jan (Chan, Ms. Moon Blessing)


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2013-01-06:He got a hold of some very toxic pesticides on Sunday, 6 Jan which had been left out in a field in our forest. On Monday's hike it was a call for alarm when he defecated blue liquid. His owner's wife and daughter were there checking up on him, which was quite an unusual thing for us to see being that GVI’s Group and the mahouts are always the only ones out with the elephants. After asking some questions, Song Kran’s Mahout took me down the hill to where they had covered up an empty bottle of paraquat dichloride.

2013-01-07:A vet arrived around 7 pm Monday evening. Song Kran was given fluid intravenously while we waited for a truck to transport him and his mother, Boon Jan, to the hospital. I went with vet and the two elephant owners, Pattie Mokah and Pattie Pommie to the government run hospital in Lampang, an hour outside of Chiang Mai.

2013-01-08:We arrived around 7 am Tuesday morning.

2013-01-10: The vet showed me pictures of what he had passed in his faeces, an image of indiscernible internal organs. That pesticide shut down his kidneys, liver then nervous system, burned his mouth and esophagus and entered his Lungs. The vets do not practice euthanasia so they gave him morphine drips for those 8 hours, from 1 am until 9 am; the time he went

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Koehl, Dan, (2021). Plai Songkran, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC) in Thailand. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 30 June 2022 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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