The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

New twist in Phuket elephant ownership battle

PHUKET: The battle for ownership rights of a female elephant at a Phuket safari camp has taken another twist with the camp now presenting to police a registration document for the same elephant, but with a different name.

animals, tourism, crime, police,


Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 4 April 2017, 12:01PM


The new registration document, presented by Amazing Bukit Safari Camp in Chalong to Ao Nang Police Deputy Chief Lt Col Winai Poonsawat yesterday (April 3) now names the elephant as “Srinuan”.

When initially defending its claim to the elephant, the camp’s owner presented registration documents showing the elephant’s name was “Nampetch”.

In short, the camp has now presented two sets of registration documents for the same elephant, with the same registration information, including the same microchip number – but for elephants with different names.

While the new registration document presented for “Srinuan” features all the same registration information as the documents initially presented for “Nampetch”, the camp has so far not offered any explanation for – or documentary evidence recognising – the name change.

However, the camp still maintains it bought the elephant for B1.4 million in February from Raewat Chernkaew, 54, from Trang province.

Mr Raewat has told police that he bought the elephant for B500,000 more than 10 years ago from a man he has so far named only as “Mr Norkam”, who he said he has not seen since.

Col Winai, however, told the press yesterday that his officers had tracked down Mr Norkam.

“He does exist,” was all Col Winai would say on verifying that lead into the elephant’s origins.

Col Winai has been tasked with leading the investigation into the ownership rights for the elephant after brothers Wan and Somsak Reangngern came forward last month claiming the elephant is actually called “Yo” and was stolen in Ao Nang, Krabi, in 2003.

The brothers filed complaints to claim the elephant on behalf of their brother Mr Chorp, who they say is the actual owner. (See story here.)

To support their claim, the brothers presented registration documents which included the microchip number 121-675-455 – which matches the microchip actually implanted in the elephant except it is missing the letter “A” at the end.

C and C Marine

The microchip number featured in the both sets of registration documents presented by the camp – 121-675-544 – does not match the chip in the elephant. (See story here.)

Of note, “Yo” was reportedly pregnant when she was stolen in 2003. However, no officials have made any comments about attempting to track down her newborn.

Col Winai said yesterday that he arrived at the camp in person to take “legal custody” of the elephant while his investigation continues, but said that the elephant would remain at the camp until further notice.

He did not clarify whether the camp could continue to profit from the elephant during that time.

“Actually we have to take the elephant back to Krabi, but the camp presented an elephant registration document. We do not know if the document is genuine. For now we can only legally seize the elephant,” he said,

“The elephant may not be moved outside the camp. The camp will have to take care of the elephant (while the investigation continues),” he added.

Meanwhile, Col Winai will seek confirmation from both offices where the elephant was reportedly originally registered: one in Chumphon Buri District in Surin province in Northeast Thailand; the other in Mae Ramat District in Tak province on Thailand’s northwestern border with Myanmar.

“We have to send a letter to the original offices to confirm which registration documents are authentic,” he said.

“We will have to request for the Elephant Study Centre and the National Institute of Elephant Research and Health Service in Surin province to send a team of professional officials to check the elephant and the documents,” Col winai said.

“The process will take time,” he added.

“We believe that after we have confirmed the elephant’s actual identity we will be able to resolve this matter without the parties having to go to court,” Col Winai said.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:
    Forget your password?

Kurt | 04 April 2017 - 16:15:03

And where is the baby elephant this elephant delivered 10-12 years ago?
It smells all very criminal, and Law enforcement authorities seem not willing to handle this whole affair seriously according the law.

The Phuket News

BenPendejo | 04 April 2017 - 14:59:50

This whole fiasco is indicative of what happens when all aspects of society run on lies, corruption, dishonesty, absence of integrity, lack of ethical considerations of basic right and wrong, lack of authority and overall poor wildlife management.  One poor elephant with 3 names and differing ID numbers (but original close enough to actual chip) and a bunch of incredulous fools all claiming ownership of a majestic beast that should be roaming free.  I guess this is just Thai-style, where ultimately it will come down to whomever is able to per$uade their case to the officials having oversight and final say-so. As I mentioned before, whatever the outcome...the elephant gets screwed.

The Phuket News

Pinot | 04 April 2017 - 14:58:18

I agree Kurt. It's seems cut and dry who the owns the elephant. 

The Phuket News

Kurt | 04 April 2017 - 12:12:52

What a administrative dumb mess. What is going on?
I was lauhging to read the present 'owner' came up with new papers with a new elephant name.
What is all this nonsense.

The elephant is a microchip numbererd, matching with first original elephant name ( and  first owner!)

Any chance this affair is rising from kindergarden level handling to something normal, just to handle in 2-3 days?
Micro Chipped = Micro chipped, yes?

Or is this becoming a brown envelope affair?

The Phuket News
Matches 4 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

simon01,if everyone knows how chaotically Thailand operates,how come tourist are still coming in such high numbers and expats like you like to live he...(Read More)


Phuket tourist falls out of speeding tuk-tuk

"Phuket Tourist Police Deputy inspector Capt Ekkachai Siri..." Correct is: Phuket Tourist Police Inspector Pol.Maj. Ekkachai Siri... ...(Read More)


Phuket tourist falls out of speeding tuk-tuk

A tuk tuk speeding, driving dangerously, surely not, i've never seen them do that before, oh except everyday! But then i'm sure RTP are out i...(Read More)


Phuket tourist falls out of speeding tuk-tuk

We may expect that just a few 'falling out of tuk tuk affairs' reach the press. Probably it happens more than we know. Of course, always at ...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

Sir Burr, I was informed in person by Phuket Immigration just last Thursday it must be done each and every time one leaves the country. ...(Read More)


Phuket motorcyclist dies after crashing into pregnant buffalo

That picture is really painful- two broken legs means euthanize immediately. This poor creature cannot heal and will likely be forced to suffer for ...(Read More)


Phuket tourist falls out of speeding tuk-tuk

An Australian tourist on holiday in Phuket has been flown to Bangkok to receive treatment after suffering a serious head injury from falling off the b...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

You do not have to re-register your address if it hasn't changed. Have done three annual extensions with the same Notification of address. Have be...(Read More)


Father, two kids saved from drowning in Phuket

Kurt,not only "Asian tourists"ignore red flags.And how can beach guards stop them?Getting physical?...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

The writer will surely wear the wrath, of those two bedmates, jor12 and eagle, even though what he says is 100% correct....(Read More)

The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.