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Two baby Phuket elephants free to go back to work

Two baby Phuket elephants free to go back to work

PHUKET: While baby elephants ‘Joey’ and ‘Popeye’ are now back living with their mother in the government-owned Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC) in Lampang, Somchok from Phu Thai Review Souvenir Market in Chalong and Nampetch from Laguna Excursions in Cherng Talay - who were subjected to similar DNA tests - have been found to have been acquired legally and have returned to their respective places of work today (November 29).


By Nattha Thepbamrung

Thursday 29 November 2012, 06:15PM


Prakong Laokom and Kampan Nakdee receive the good news.

Prakong Laokom and Kampan Nakdee receive the good news.

A committee led by Pol Col Watcharin Pusit, the Commander of the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division (NRECS) received a copy of the report from the Bureau of Protected Area 5 of Nakorn Sri Thammarat - where the DNA of the two elephants was sent and analysed - that stated that both baby elephants were ‘legal’.

Somchok who was seized in February earlier this year has been proven that he is from Sai Yoke, Kanchanaburi Province and is the baby of Thongdee and Lamduan.

The ‘elephant renter’ of Somchok, Kampan Nakdee will now once again be able to show Somchok at the Phu Thai Review Souvenir Market.

Meanwhile, Prakong Laokom, the elephant owner of Nampetch has received similar ‘good’ news that Nampetch was bought legally from the Tatoom district in Surin.

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