04 Nov '11, 5pm

Animals under threat as floodwaters in Thailand rise

Animals under threat as floodwaters in Thailand rise

BANGKOK: Animal sanctuaries in Bangkok's Safari Park have been inundated by metre-high water and thousands of wild animals - many of them valuable species - are under threat. The park has rescued and moved some animals, like zebras and giraffes to drier zones, but this means a much tighter squeeze for these free roaming beasts. Litti Kewkacha, Executive Vice President of Safari World, said: "In the worst case scenario that some of them have to be in water for many days, we probably will have to treat some of the animals. We will definitely not abandon the animals. If we have to, we will carry them to higher ground." The park is reinforcing its flood defences and is racing against time to pump water out of inundated habitats. However, if the water rises by another three metres, the 80-hectare park will be totally engulfed and dangerous species could escape. There are some c...

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