Thailand Elephant Killed

Plai Klao, a 50-year old elephant, lies dead where its tusks were taken off in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand. Pic: AP & Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal

BANGKOK (AP) — A conservation center in Thailand says poachers have killed and sawed the tusks off a 50-year-old elephant that performed in royal processions and was even featured in Oliver Stone’s 2004 movie “Alexander.”

Laithongrian Meephan of the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal said the elephant was found dead Friday morning. Poachers had apparently poisoned it before cutting off its tusks.

The center breeds and trains elephants, and also serves as a retirement home for aging beasts.

Some of them take part in ceremonial shows for members of Thailand’s royal family in Ayutthaya, the country’s ancient capital.

Laithongrian said the elephant, named Klao, was used in some scenes of the film “Alexander,” which starred Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie.

Thailand is a transit hub and destination for the illegal ivory trade.