Elephants go rampage at a police checkpoint near border

Three wild elephants went rampage through a police permanent border checkpoint in La-oo forest in Huey Sat Yai district of Prachuab Khiri Khan early Friday morning, damaging the living quarter, a kitchen and a refrigerator.

According to Pol Maj Suwit Maneewong, chief of the police paratroopers based at the checkpoint, the rampage took place at about 2 a.m.and the elephants left the scene about 10 minutes later.

He said that some of the police officers tried to shoo away the elephants with a few firing sling shots at them, but without success of controlling the animals and had to flee the scene for their safety.

There were four policemen in the sleeping quarter, but none of them were harmed although the elephants punched a big hole on one wide of the walls of the sleeping quarter.

Pol Maj Suwit said the checkpoint had been located at the same spot for the past 20 years and there had not been an incident that the elephants went rampage, although some elephants occasionally came near the checkpoint to drink from a huge water jar.

Forest rangers and villagers in the neighbourhood of the checkpoint said the elephants might get upset as they were prevented to get out of the forest due to a step-up in security for the safety of villagers from rampaging elephants.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)