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Elephant charges at wildlife officers after wandering into Thai village to look for food

Terrifying moment angered wild elephant charges at wildlife officers after wandering into Thai village to look for food

This is the terrifying moment a hungry wild elephant angrily chased away forest staff who tried to stop it eating a farmer’s crops in Thailand.

Villagers called the officers for help on Sunday after a group of elephants entered their land to look for food in Nakhon Nayok province.

Two brave wildlife officers tried to drive the animals away but one of the jumbos was furious at being disturbed during its meal. It turned and charged at the two men.

This is the terrifying moment a hungry wild elephant angrily chased away forest staff who tried to stop it eating a farmer’s crops in Nakhon Nayok province, Thailand 

Two brave wildlife officers tried to drive the animals away but one of the jumbos was furious at being disturbed during his meal. It turned and charged at the two men

Two brave wildlife officers tried to drive the animals away but one of the jumbos was furious at being disturbed during his meal. It turned and charged at the two men

The wild elephant, which is known by the name of Sarika, stopped running after the officers when it saw they were retreating.

It stared down the staff, seemingly keeping his eye on them in case they returned.

Sarika then continued eating the fruits in peace with the other elephants when the national park staff were gone.

One of the officers said that during the dry season, a herd of more than 40 elephants wander into the area and forage for food. 

The wild elephant, which is known by the name of Sarika, stopped running after the officers when he saw they were retreating but kept its eye on them in case they returned

The wild elephant, which is known by the name of Sarika, stopped running after the officers when he saw they were retreating but kept its eye on them in case they returned

One of the officers said that during the dry season, a herd of more than 40 elephants wander into the area and forage for food. The picture shows the elephant, Sarika, entering the region

One of the officers said that during the dry season, a herd of more than 40 elephants wander into the area and forage for food. The picture shows the elephant, Sarika, entering the region

However, the area is also being farmed by nearby villagers so their harvest are often destroyed by the feeding animals. 

Wildlife officer Amnat Norasin said: ‘We usually receive a call from the people who live nearby when the elephants arrive. We try to help them the best we can but some of the jumbos are aggressive.’

The jumbo ate for almost two hours before going for a dip in a nearby pond and eventually heading back into the forest at night.

The video came after villagers called the officers for help when a group of elephants entered their land to search for food on January 24 in Nakhon Nayok province, Thailand

The video came after villagers called the officers for help when a group of elephants entered their land to search for food on January 24 in Nakhon Nayok province, Thailand

An estimated 2,000 elephants are living in the wild in Thailand and a similar number in captivity, where they live in sanctuaries, zoos or work privately for hire

An estimated 2,000 elephants are living in the wild in Thailand and a similar number in captivity, where they live in sanctuaries, zoos or work privately for hire

An estimated 2,000 elephants are living in the wild in Thailand and a similar number in captivity, where they live in sanctuaries, zoos or work privately for hire at weddings and festivals.

In the wild, there is a conflict when they come in contact with humans who also use the area for farming and gathering food.

Elephants are a protected animal in Thailand and killing them carries a maximum prison term of up to three years and a fine of 1,000 baht (£24).

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