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    Straying Thai elephant found
    Ros Chanveasna / Khmer Times



    A wild elephant that strayed into Cambodia from Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province was found yesterday morning.

    Yim Ly, provincial environment department chief, said the six-tonne female elephant had strayed into a forest in Banteay Meanchey province’s Malai district after crossing the border in Battamang province’s Sampov Loun district on Wednesday night.

    “The elephant is now staying in the surroundings of Yeay Sam Mountain, about three kilometres from the border,” Mr Ly said.

    He added his department dispatched officers to work in collaboration with local police to track down the elephant after learning of the animal’s presence.

    “We sent our officers to work with police to follow the elephant, keeping a distance of about 150 metres away from it,” he said.

    Mr Ly added Thai officers asked to join the operation in cooperation with the Cambodian side to observe the animal.

    “They are working with us to drive the elephant back to Thailand,” he said.

    “It is now under close observation by the environment department because we are worried that it might come to disturb villagers,” Mr Ly said, adding that local authorities warned people living near the mountain to be mindful of their safety.

    The elephant also damaged a few sugarcane and cassava fields, where local farmers were harvesting their crops. However, no harm to local villagers had been reported, according to commune police chief Captain Sous Borith.

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    I'm impressed at the distances covered, familiar with all the areas mentioned, from time living in Sa Kaeo/Kaew and now Chanthaburi, Kitchakut is about 30km from home; and the "killed several people in Chanthaburi" shouldn't that be "allegedly...?"

    ....Khao Takrup Forest Conservation Project area in Sa Kaew’s Wang Nam Yen district
    Sa Kaew’s Aranyaprathet district
    ... wandered into and back from Cambodia several times, otherwise migrating among forest areas in Chanthaburi – Khao Soidao, Pong Nam Ron and Khao Kitchakut.
    Plai Sidor Daeng, who weighs six tonnes despite having no tusks, is a known rogue and has killed several people in Chanthaburi.

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    I hope it isn't killed....
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    ^ has diplomatic immunity in Thailand (alleged killer) don't know if Cambodians would be so forgiving if Plai Sidor Daeng stomps a few locals

    Mention of Takrup (Khao Takrup Forest Conservation Project) we've been hiking there, rugged hills, vague tracks it wasn't the walk we anticipated, quite an adventure following a stream, vague tracks, crawl/climb up banks, but didn't notice any elephants ... I was more concerned about snakes

    (spot the camo elephant)

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    I can't see the elephant?
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    ^ exactly, difficult to see both of them.
    This is the same tactic they use when hunting Chanthaburi rubber-tappers ... tread softly ....
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    Damn elephants. They should at least be required to carry proper immigration papers... same as us smarter humans. 5555555555


    That jungle/forest is just the kind of country I like to travel, Hatari. I carry a machete. And yes, do watch out for snakes. Unlike cobras, Vipers don't give any warning before striking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    I can't see the elephant?

    Im hiding under the water DP 555...........................................


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    Prachup Khiri Khan officials will summon owners of rifles in Kui Buri district for checks of their guns after initial autopsy found rifle bullet in a 20-year-old bull elephant found dead in Kui Buri national park on Friday (Jan 12).
    Forensic autopsy conducted at Mahidol University in Bangkok showed it died from a rifle shot which pierced through its left ear. Shot gun pellets were also found on its body.
    Officials will order owners of all rifles to hand over them to authorities for forensic examination to see if any of them match with the bullet found in the elephant’s carcass.
    Forestry will take legal action of the shooter.
    The carcass of the elephant was yesterday (Jan 14) burnt at the scene with a religious rite performed by monks for the animal.
    Park officials found the 20-year-old elephant shot dead near a small stream at the national park on Friday.

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    ^That's not the wandering female elephant though is it?
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    ^ no, Thai news has Plai Sidor Daeng 10-25km inside Cambodia, Banteay Meanchey province

    Cambodian search party. Anyone seen a 6 ton elephant recently?



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    12 January 2018. Up to 40 elephants visited a small rural school at Klong Takue, Takiab District, Chachoengsao, making their own entrance into school grounds through a brick wall, as children watched quietly from the second floor of the school building

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    Plai Sidor Daeng ... today in Damnaksan Village, Bua District, Phanom Prung, Battambang, about 15 km away from the Thai-Cambodian border



    Rogue Thai elephant attacks woman in Cambodia
    January 18, 2018
    The Nation
    The killer wild elephant that evaded efforts to keep it on Thai soil and entered Cambodia last week attacked a resident of Battambang on Cambodia’s northwestern border early on Thursday morning.
    An official source on the Cambodian side said 32-year-old Chok Kim Hay was attacked at 2.30am in the village of Damnaksan after stumbling upon the animal known as Plai Sidor Daeng. She was taken to hospital with a severe shoulder injury.
    It is known to have killed several people in Chanthaburi in recent years. It made its way across the border last week after emerging from the forest earlier in the month and raiding farms from Chanthaburi to Sa Kaew, damaging and eating crops. The pachyderm first made headlines last June when it broke through an electrified fence just three hours after being penned up for “behaviour adjustment”. That was in the Khao Takrup Forest Conservation Area in Sa Kaew’s Wang Nam Yen district. The animal disappeared into the Ang Rue Nai sanctuary, a move that officials welcomed because it would stop causing disturbances.

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    I am amazed no one has killed it yet. Thank fully. Must be scared.
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    Was she drunk ?

    attacked at 2.30am in the village of Damnaksan after stumbling upon the animal known as Plai Sidor Daeng
    I'm going for self-defence from the elephant...

    Remarkably tolerant considering the "killed several people in Chanthaburi" they keep mentioning
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    New mural at our local fitness park in Tha Mai, Chanthaburi
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    And also in Chanthaburi ... the return of Plai Sidor Daeng, wonder if it used Ban Laem or Ban Pakkard border crossing?

    January 22, 2018
    Rampaging wild elephant crosses back into Thailand
    Ros Chanveasna/Khmer Times

    A wild elephant that caused disturbances after it strayed into Cambodia through the Thai border in Battambang province, has made its way back into Thailand after having spent almost two weeks in the Cambodian countryside.

    Phnom Proek district police chief Song Sopheak said the six-tonne female elephant had been spotted making its way back to Thailand’s Chanthaburi province on Saturday evening.

    “There is a possibility that the elephant actually resides in the Cambodian side of the border,” Mr Sopheak said.

    Authorities had initially prepared to adopt emergency measures – including the use of a tranquillizer gun to sedate the elephant before taking it to Tamao Zoo, because stray elephants can pose a threat to local communities when provoked.

    On Thursday, local famer Chork Kimhai, 32, was trampled by the elephant while she was sleeping inside her tent in a cassava field in Phnom Proek district’s Bour commune. The victim is still in the provincial hospital and some of her ribs are broken.

    The elephant had crossed the border in Battambang province’s Sampov Loun district on the night of January 10, walked to Banteay Meanchey province, and went on a rampage that resulted in the destruction of properties and sugarcane crops in the province’s Malai district – although fortunately no one was injured.

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    The Nation
    23 January 2018

    A wild elephant that has been blamed for several fatalities and raided farms from Chanthaburi to Sa Kaew earlier in the month before fleeing to Cambodia has returned to the Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary.

    The elephant had been herded by officials lighting firecrackers from a safe distance from Sa Kaew’s Wang Somboon district to Chanthaburi’s Soidao district until it went into the Ang Rue Nai forest at 3am on Monday, said Manote Rattanatrai, a wildlife official at Khao Soidao Wildlife Sanctuary.

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    Elephant hunting idea was 'joke'
    28 January 2018

    Natural Resource and Environment minister Surasak Karnjanarat has sought to dispel concern over an apparent proposal to invoke Section 44 to legalise the hunting of wild elephants.
    The proposition, raised by the Chachoengsao provincial governor at a meeting of governors on farmland, was only a joke, said Mr Surasak during a visit to Trat last week.
    The minister was in Trat to prepare for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's visit to address the wildlife problem in the eastern coastal provinces of Trat and Chanthaburi from Feb 4-5.

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    I dread opening this thread... in case it's sad news about that wild elephant...
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    We'll be in Khao Kitchakut next week, occasional roaming area for Plai Sidor Daeng.
    Marauding elephants aside, there's the risk of being run over by trucks of US Marines, there for this year's humanitarian effort, building for a small rural school.
    Statistically more likely run over by a DMax pickup with drugged/drunk driver
    If by chance I get to see the touring Plai Sidor Daeng, or she sees me first ... may at last solve the eternal question, can a cyclist out-pedal an elephant? They're quite sneaky the way they get local rubber-tappers at night, tactics rather than outright speed.
    Does bring back memories of the 'buffalo chasing cyclist' episode where I set some kind of sprint record pedalling, the handlebar mirror view with that head and horns was more than enough inspiration. Still cycle past those fields at Pa Daeng, buffalo quietly grazing ... never know why that day one decided to give chase, the fluoro orange shirt ? Or just 'sport' ?

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