Elephant caught on camera 'mating with cars'

Elephant caught on camera 'mating with cars'
Published: 2015 January 15 10:41:07 (9004 Views)
Videos of elephants attacking cars in Thailand have gone viral recently, and wildlife park officials said that aggressive elephants are a big problem during mating season.

One video showed a young male elephant at Khao Yai National Park attacking cars in four different incidents.


No one was hurt during the incident

"The first thing you have to do is to keep calm," the park's Kanchit Srinapwan said.

"The cold season coincides with the mating season," Kanchit said. "Young bull elephants are cast out from their herd and many of them become more aggressive."



Problems come up when tourists don't follow park rules and either stop their cars to take photos or hoot at the elephants, causing them to become aggressive, Kanchit said.

"There are instances where aggravated elephants have killed tourists," said Edwin Wiek, head of the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand.

The main problem in most elephant-related incidents in the country's national parks is a lack of education and enforcement, Wiek said.

Tourists passing through national parks are rarely given a proper briefing on how to deal with wild animals.

Low funding also means that national parks find it difficult to enforce laws that are meant to keep both animals and visitors safe.

"There is just no budget to maintain speed limits and people have little respect for the laws," said Wiek.




Source - SAPA

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