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Posted by: Newsy
« on: October 24, 2018, 12:14:55 AM »

Elephants go for stroll in national park, delight tourists and officials

A herd of wild elephants went for a walk on the road that runs through Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima province on Tuesday.

They walked together peacefully, with the bigger pachyderms apparently taking care of their little ones.

Bigger elephants sandwiched small elephants as they walked on the road, probably because they wanted to make sure their little members were safe and sound.

The sight of the elephants delighted and amazed tourists.

A park official noticed the well-behaved herd and took their pictures to share on social media.

After the photos and a video clip of the herd were uploaded to Facebook, it had been shared more than 2,300 times inside two hours.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: October 21, 2018, 09:10:59 PM »

owing to the amount of interest in the article - here's the bangkokpost version of the naughty jumbos in korat - starting with the evidence - pic below  ;)

Elephant dung amid the raided crop at a farm in Soeng Sang district, Nakhon Ratchasima. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

Hungry elephants raid farms in Korat

Officials survey the damage to a crop raided by a large herd of hungry elephants, in Nakhon Ratchasima's Soeng Sang district on Thursday. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

A large herd of hungry elephants have raided crops in Soeng Sang district, pillaging almost 30 rai of their favourite farm produce, sugarcane and corn.

Local officials on Thursday surveyed the damage to crops in tambon Ban Rart. Based on the extent of the  damage, they estimated the herd to be at least 20 strong.

Farmers said they took turns guarding their crops, but had failed in their efforts to drive away the elephants. There were just too many, and nobody dared to anger them.

Their farms are near Thap Lan National Park, a vast area of forest. They did not know which direction the elephants would come from and this made it even harder to guard their crops.

Pimpaporn Rujinrachet, assistant chief of Ban Rart tambon administration organisation, said the elephants had come out of the forest in search of food earlier than usual this year.

Normally, they emerged only during the dry season, when food was often scarce in the park's forest.

The large herd may have depleted their natural supply of food early and turned to raiding local farmland, where their favourite crops, especially sugarcane and corn, were growing.

The TAO would send staff to make joint patrols with the local people, and hopefully keep away the raiding elephants. Help would be provided for farmers whose crops were ruined, Ms Pimpaporn said.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: October 21, 2018, 05:03:16 PM »

Elephants ruin Korat corn harvest

 Nakhon Ratchasima farmers have been promised assistance after wild elephants from Thap Lan National Park ravaged cornfields as much as two kilometres away.

“They ate my crop just days before I planned to harvest it,” Jamnong Karbbua, 45, lamented on Sunday. “My neighbours have also faced the same problem.”

He’d used various tactics to keep away roving elephants but they’d still managed to stomp and chew through four rai of corn.

National Park chief Prawit Saengsakul inspected the damage in person and the authorities pledged to prepare “remedial action” for the farmers affected.