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Posted by: thaiga
« on: January 18, 2015, 12:37:38 PM »

Poll: Set time for tourists' park visit

Most people are of the opinion that a certain period of time should be fixed for tourists entering and leaving a national park to avoid having problems with wild elephants, according to the result of a survey by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) published on Sunday.

The suvey was conducted on Jan 14-15 on 1,251 people throughout the country to gather their opinion on how to solve problems between men and wild elephants.

Most or 48.84% of the people survey said a certain period of time should be fixed for tourists entering or leaving a national park and touring inside the park.

The respondents also suggested that wild elephants should be restricted in an area (26.86%); tourists should not be allowed to take their vehicles into the park but use only vehicles provided by the park (21.98%); all national parks should be closed for wildlife (13.11%); the number of tourists visiting the park per day should be limited (11.83%); the national park should be held responsible for damage made by wild elephants (3.76%); and, the number of wild elephants should be controlled and tourists be allowed to use weapons to protect themselves from the animals (1.28%).

On the problems about wild elephants destroying plants and crops of farmers, 48.84% of the respondents said wild elephants should be restricted to an area and 45.40% said there should be a law to forbid farming near a habitat of wild elephants.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: January 14, 2015, 12:58:06 PM »

UUmmm if Duan can't tell the difference between a Jumbo and a Merc that's a real problem. :lol

This one roger

Horny elephant tries to mount cars in Thailand

And another below, looks like world news

See Video of Wild Elephant Climbing on Car in Thailand

Posted by: Roger
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:59:31 AM »

The divine Lorna Dunkley on Sky was gently reporting speculation that Jumbo's aggressive actions could be related to the mating season !
UUmmm if Duan can't tell the difference between a Jumbo and a Merc that's a real problem.
I trekked off into the jungle with my Son a couple of years ago for maybe 5 km hoping to see an elephant or something - SHAN'T be doing that again !
Posted by: Roger
« on: January 14, 2015, 04:54:16 AM »

Whoops ! Sky News now have the story and are showing a video of Jumbo sitting on a large Merc.
They'll show it many many times I suspect. Bad publicity indeed.

Posted by: Roger
« on: January 14, 2015, 04:17:02 AM »

Al - it's angry Elephant syndrome ! I agree about reversing the car but I do remember reading the official advice - stay still and quiet - no use of the horn .... but I don't fancy just sitting there while Duan lumbers up.
Dawn I guess these clips will be good for tourism then. Not.
I really think that Duan should pick on someone his own size !!
Thanks all - interesting and cautionary ....
Posted by: thaiga
« on: January 13, 2015, 06:04:12 PM »

Park expert gives advice to avoid wild elephant attack


Jumbo attacks spur Khao Yai road rethink


STORY HERE: Bangkokpost
Posted by: thaiga
« on: January 13, 2015, 12:01:46 PM »

Planet of the Pachyderms: Elephant rampage levels restaurant at Khao Yai

A male elephant destroyed a park-operated restaurant in Khao Yai National Park yesterday.

Park officers assume the elephant, called “Duan” by some, was hungry when he became the third elephant to go on a rampage at the park by smashing the windows and walls and generally looting the place Monday, according to Kanchit Srinoppawan, Head of Khao Yai staff members.

Staff took over three hours to shoo Duan the elephant, believed to be about 30, back to the forest. However, he came back again at 9am, so officers decided to feed it.

After the elephant was full, they shooed him back to the forest for a second time.


Thanks to + more pics
Posted by: dawn
« on: January 13, 2015, 11:44:30 AM »

very frightening indeed,i wonder why they keep taking the clip down

original from liveleak

Posted by: thaiga
« on: January 12, 2015, 04:39:37 PM »

I had to wonder myself AL i would have reversed that car up very swiftly - Maybe it is 95% then AL ;)

Seems they took down the vid here's another

Elephant crushes the front of someone's Car
Posted by: Al
« on: January 12, 2015, 02:14:01 PM »

This may be a silly, obvious question, but when the elephant began to move towards the car and sit on it, why didn't the driver put the car in reverse and slowly back away?

I don't think I would just sit there while an elephant tried to mate with my vehicle, when there seems to be no cars or trucks behind me.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: January 12, 2015, 12:31:00 PM »

IN JUST 10 days, a wild bull elephant has damaged four vehicles and caused alarm among tourists at Khao Yai National Park.

Fortunately, no one has been harmed in the two shocking encounters with the big pachyderm.

On Saturday, just as a family arrived at the park to celebrate National Children's Day, the elephant put two feet on their car's hood. The hood was badly dented and the windshield fractured.

"The incident happened around 4.30pm," Khao Yai National Park chief Kanchit Srinoppawan said yesterday.

On January 1, the elephant damaged three vehicles. It stomped on a pickup causing a big dent, while another pickup and a taxi sustained minor damage.

Patarapol Maneeorn, a government veterinarian who has monitored elephants and other wild animals at the park, said elephants normally did not attack vehicles but this one might be stressed.

"It's in heat," Patarapol said.

He said when bull elephants reach reproductive age, they are forced out of their herd to prevent mating with blood relatives.

This particular male was thus roaming the forest alone.

"In the mating season, the elephant might have developed some stress. Moving vehicles might have added to the tension," he said.

Patarapol said elephants at the park searched for food from 4pm to dawn.

"When driving in the park, make sure your car is at least four metres away from the vehicle in front. This way, every vehicle can reverse when they face something unprecedented and need to escape.

"But if you are in other parks, follow guidelines provided by officials there. Wild elephants in different zones react differently."

Last month, an elephant fatally attacked Poonsap Noknuam, 65, while she was heading home with her husband on a motorcycle on Hua Hin-Pa La Ou Rd in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

A passer-by chased the elephant away by honking a horn, but Poonsap died on her way to a hospital.

Locals believe wild elephants can become aggressive because teenagers on bikes challenge or tease them with loud honks.   The nation

LiveLeak - Elephant crushes the front of someone's Car
Posted by: Roger
« on: January 03, 2015, 09:14:47 AM »

High Al. To answer your question ..............
Obviously, one can ! (really generate anger and a grudge in those circumstances).
IF, one is an Elephant !!! ATB
Posted by: thaiga
« on: January 02, 2015, 09:21:01 PM »

Exactly AL. here's another pic. I bet the driver had brown trousers ;)

Posted by: Al
« on: January 02, 2015, 12:53:02 PM »

"It was angry because it could not cross the road due to traffic during the festive season when many cars visited the park."

I understand that elephants are very intelligent, but can one really generate anger and a grudge over vehicle traffic keeping it from crossing the road?
Posted by: thaiga
« on: January 02, 2015, 12:29:14 PM »

An angry wild elephant yesterday charged at a pickup truck after an impatient driver honked the horn to scare away the jumbo while driving in Khao Yai national park Thursday afternoon.

Nobody was injured by the male elephant but the vehicle was slightly damaged.

Witnesses who were driving behind the pickup truck said they saw the elephant walking out of the road near Haew Narok waterfall at Kilometre 20 trying to cross the road amid several passing vehicles to the park to celebrate New Year.

Shocked  by the sudden emergence of the jumbo trying to cross the road,  the driver of the pickup truck then honked the horn in bid to scare away the elephant.

But instead of running away, the wild elephant turned on to the sound and charged at the truck, while other motorists following behind stopped their vehicles, and grabbed their smart phones to capture the exciting moments.

The elephant attacked only the pickup truck with its trunk and tusks.

At one time, the angry jumbo even climbed on the hood in its bid to use its tusks to smash the front windshield.

The incident lasted a few minutes before it abandoned the truck and crossed the road to another side and walked into the jungle.

Chief of Khao Yai National Park, Kanchit Srinopawan identified the jumbo as a male elephant who is  wandering near Kilometre 20 for food.

It was angry because it could not cross the road due to traffic during the festive season when many cars visited the park.

He advised  visitors to pay attention to advice on sign boards  erected along the park’s roads.

When dealing with wild elephants, drivers must not flash their high beams or honk the horns as this could turn the wild elephant to charge at their vehicles.

In case of close encounter, motorist should stay put, and not to make any noise and be patient and avoid honking born or flashing the lights.