Three wild oxes reportedly seen in a jungle in Ubon Ratchathani
Friday, September 01 2006 @ 12:40 AM GMT+7
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The National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation Department reports a sighting of three koupreys also known as Bos sauveli, is a wild forest dwelling ox, the animal which is on the extinction list, in an area called the Emerald Triangle which covers parts of the Thai, Lao and Cambodian borders.
Department chief Damrong Pidej said the wild forest swelling oxen were seen by some park rangers patrolling a forest near Panom Dong Rak mountain in Ubon Ratchathani in June. Kouprey has not been seen in Thailand for about 30 to 40 years, he said. Male Kouprey stand up to two metres tall at the shoulder and weigh an average of 900 kilograms with a maxim of about 1700 kilogram.
Mr. Damrong said park rangers have been placed at the spot where the three koupreys were sighted and will take pictures as proof if the animals reappear. Kouprey live in low partially forested hills where they eat mainly grasses. Kouprey are diurnal, eating in the open at night and under the forest cover during the day
It is estimated that less than 250 kouprey are left in the world and it will be good news if there still is this kind of animal left in Thailand, he said.