Over the weekend, Ratchadawan Puengprasoppon, a resident of the Hua Hin district’s Chalermkiatpattana village in Thailand, heard a noise in the kitchen at her home in the early hours of Saturday morning. She woke up and headed straight to check and guess what she discovered? An elephant, poking through the wall, in search of food.
Ratchadawan was absolutely stupefied, but, managed to record the incident on her phone as the male elephant named Boonchuay rummaged through the kitchen drawers in order to look for food, The Guardian reports. In the meantime, Boonchuay chewed on a plastic bag.
A Twitter account named Now This shared a video of Boonchuay’s adventure in Ratchadawan’s home.
A family in Thailand awoke to a hungry Asian elephant busting through their wall and rummaging in the kitchen. The elephant, which is reportedly known to occasionally cause trouble for humans in the area, was likely attracted to the smell of food pic.twitter.com/jD2xtXvEEz
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 22, 2021
Boonchuay lives in Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan National Park. Speaking to The Guardian, Itthipon Thaimonkol, the park’s superintendent, said, “They come to visit quite often. They always come when there is the local market because they can smell food.”
Citing Thai media reports, The Guardian said that Boonchuay had visited Ratchadawan’s kitchen previously as well and caused damage worth 50,000 baht (£1,140).
Dr Joshua Plotnik, an assistant professor of psychology at Hunter College, City University of New York, studies elephant population in the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi, western Thailand. He said that elephants often wander into fields from national parks to look for food.
“In the villages in which I work in Thailand, elephants enter farmers’ cropfields almost nightly. This is a really difficult issue for both the farmers and the elephants,” he said.
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