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Khao Yai takes action against visitor who taunted elephant

NAKHON RATCHISIMA: Khao Yai National Park has filed a police complaint against a car owner seen on video taunting a wild elephant into chasing his vehicle.

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Bangkok Post

Wednesday 5 April 2017, 09:09AM

Wild elephants are frequently seen on the roads leading to Khao Yai National Park. Photo: Post Today
Wild elephants are frequently seen on the roads leading to Khao Yai National Park. Photo: Post Today

Park chief Kanchit Srinoppawan said yesterday (Apr 4) that authorities had examined a video clip posted on the @togetherisone Facebook account on Monday (Apr 3) and concluded that the Camry sedan driver in the footage had intentionally challenged an elephant walking on a park road to chase his car, just for fun.

“It can’t run faster than my Camry,” the driver says and laughs in the two-minute video, as a woman in the car films an elephant coming towards them.

“It never catches up with me,” the driver said. “It’s fun, it’s fun.”

The clip also shows the car stopping twice waiting for the elephant to come closer. It is not clear when it happened.

The clip drew negative comments from viewers.

Mr Kanchit said the park filed a complaint against the driver, based on the clip, at Moo Si Police Station in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday. The video was submitted as evidence and police asked to find the driver.

The driver had committed a violation under the National Park Act by endangering wildlife, disturbing wildlife and people with loud noise, and ignoring park guidelines, the complaint said.

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The maximum punishment is one month in prison and a fine of B1,000.

The driver had also violated another law against cruelty to animals, it said.

Mr Kanchit did not mention the woman seen filming the elephant.

Wild elephants are frequently seen on the roads up to Khao Yai National Park.

The park has had a message posted on its Facebook page since June last year advising visitors what to do when they encounter wild animals, including making no noise to disturb elephants and that no vehicles should stop to watch them.

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Kurt | 05 April 2017 - 15:59:10

Challenging a wild elephant by making her running after your car, I not see it as animal cruelty, just as stupid.

The dangerous point is, when this elephant next time see the same brand of car, same color, the elephant can attack without warning. Their memory is fantastic. 

And of course the fine of just 1000 thb is of pre historic low level.
This people never will go to more than 3 times overpopulated thai prisons.

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