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Chanthaburi locals warned to avoid two herds of frisky pachyderms amid mating season


Wild elephant conservation volunteers warned people in Chanthaburi to beware of two herds heading towards rubber plantations in Khao Khitchakut and Kaeng Hang Maew districts after one of the elephants was responsible for killing three people and amid the mating season.

The warning came so people would not run the risk of being attacked or killed by the pachyderms.

Chutima Lueang-on, a 31-year-old volunteer, said the elephants had split into two herds: 15 in Khao Khitchakut district and seven in Kaeng Hang Maew.

She explained that the herd of 15 included three baby elephants, while much-feared “Phlai Nok”, an elephant which had previously killed two villagers and a KomChadLuek reporter, was among the second herd.

Chutima said this group is expected to head to the area near San Sai Dam for mating.

Chanthaburi locals warned to avoid two herds of frisky pachyderms amid mating season

“If two herds come together, it will become a big group of 22 elephants, ten of which are large adults,” she warned.

“So we advise people passing through those areas to use a vehicle instead of a motorcycle as they could be attacked by the animals.”

The volunteers along with other officials are closely monitoring the elephants’ behaviour in order to prepare a plan to drive them away from community areas, she added.

Chanthaburi locals warned to avoid two herds of frisky pachyderms amid mating season

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Published : November 17, 2021

By : THE NATION