Elephant in van crash might be released pet (Rungnapa Muangmai (said (The…
Elephant in van crash might be released pet
according to local people.
in a fatal van crash
when a van carrying them for a merit-making ceremony a temple --hit a
crossing a road in Sanam Chai Khet district
early on Saturday
or 27 October, 2018
might be a pet that was released in a forest
in Sanam Chai Khet district a few years ago
Two people were killed
nine others injured
of tambon Lad Krathing
At the time, villagers had often mentioned seeing 10-wheel trucks with fabric-covering entering the plantation at night
a herd of elephants had suddenly appeared in the Lad Krathing forest plantation of the Forest Industry Organization 3-4 years ago, when the government was seriously enforcing the law on the registration of domesticated elephants.
They suspected the trucks were taking pet elephants into the forest for release there.
The animals were not like the wild elephants from the nearby Khao Ang Rue Nai wildlife sanctuary. They were not bad-tempered and they followed instructions, especially those spoken in the northeastern dialect, and were not afraid of lights
Wild elephants in Khao Ang Rue Nai sanctuary were bad-tempered and afraid of lights and fireworks
that where the crash occurred on Saturday the road was narrow with thick vegetation on both sides, so motorists could not see any elephants that may be about to cross the road.
also of tambon Lad Krathing
elephants in the plantation forest appeared very familiar with humans and quickly moved from one orchard to another when being chased.
he had lived in the area for about five decades and had not seen elephants in the forest plantation until 3-4 years ago. They were feeding on his bamboo, cassava, bananas and papayas.
Some elephants had been seen 2-3 years ago with thick ropes around their necks, as seen on domesticated animals. The elephants liked to approach people and roadside lights, unlike wild elephants