Elephant drops in for snack at Rayong sugar cane farm

Friday, 11 October 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 41 By  Patcharapol Panrak

A stray elephant surprised residents of Rayong’s Klaeng District when it showed on the doorstep of a Tungked villager.

The three-ton white female was casually eating sugar cane in the yard owned by 56-year-old Somwang Thuekum when district officials and Prasert Sukawita of the Khao Cha Mao National Park Authority showed up Oct. 3. The pachyderm didn’t seem to mind the crowd of amazed neighbors watching.

This stray elephant surprised residents of Rayong’s Klaeng District when she showed up to snack on some sugarcane.This stray elephant surprised residents of Rayong’s Klaeng District when she showed up to snack on some sugarcane.

Somwang said she was sitting inside the house when she saw the elephant cross across her street, trailed by barking dogs. It strolled into her back yard and made a beeline for the sugar cane.

She said she felt lucky the elephant chose her house, as she believes it would bring her fortune and prosperity.

Prasert arranged for civil-defense volunteers to help push the elephant back to Khao Cha Mao by the following night, about 50 kilometers. There’s no word on whose herd the giant beast got separated from.

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