More than 200 dead water buffaloes have been found floating today at the Thale Noi Waterfowl Park in the southern Thai province of Pattalung. Prolonged flooding in the region had destroyed the grasses that the buffalo rely on for food. Without it, they starved to death. Local authorities quickly rescued another 300 buffaloes, giving them dry grass and supplementary food to survive.
Thale Noi or Talay Noi — i.e. “small sea” — is the biggest wetland in Thailand, located in the Khuan Khanun District of Pattalung province. The wildlife sanctuary is well-known for its incredible red lotuses and various bird species, which present picturesque scenery for photographers. Tourists could also take a boat trip to see water buffaloes grazing on the wild grasses. But not anymore.