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Title: Hungry elephants raid farms in Korat
Post by: Johnnie F. on August 18, 2017, 08:37:57 AM
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)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA - 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.

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

Bangkok Post (http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1307979/hungry-elephants-raid-farms-in-korat)
Title: Re: Hungry elephants raid farms in Korat
Post by: Baby Farts on August 21, 2017, 12:18:49 PM
Oh... I thought this was going to be a story on some fat guys that raided the buffet at the Sima Thani.  ;D
Title: Korat village threatened by elephants
Post by: Johnnie F. on September 17, 2017, 07:39:23 PM
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Villagers of Ban Thung Takhian in tambok Khok Krachai in Khon Buri district of this northeastern province were sleepless last night as a herd of about five wild elephants appeared ready to attack, but were scared away by a number of Thap Lan National Park officials and soldiers from the 2nd Army's 3rd Artillery Battalion.

The officials were despatched to the village after being informed by villagers that their farms had been ravaged by elephants for about a week. The pachyderms destroyed their crops and threatened to attack the village.

An outpost was set up in the office of the village chief, where officials were placed on full alert. The villagers too remained awake throughout the night.

At about 9.30pm, elephants were heard approaching the village. The officials kept them at bay by hitting bamboo stems and setting off firecrackers - but whenever they stopped making noises, the elephants returned. Finally - at about 3.30am on Sunday - the elephants retreated and peace prevailed.

The officials said they would remain in the village until the situation returned to normal.

Bangkok Post (http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1326051/korat-village-threatened-by-elephants)