Monday, May 01, 2017

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Wild elephants are frequently seen on the roads leading to Khao Yai National Park. Khao Yai National Park has filed a police complaint against a car owner seen on video taunting a wild elephant into chasing his vehicle.

Park chief Kanchit Srinoppawan said on Tuesday that authorities had examined a video clip posted on the @togetherisone Facebook account on Monday and concluded that the Camry sedan driver in the footage had intentionally challenged an elephant walking on a park road to chase his car, just for fun.

A wild elephant approached the car, which stops to take a video in Khao Yai National Park. (Photo from @togetherisone Facebook account) "It can't run faster than my Camry," the driver says and laughs in the two ­minute video, as a woman in the car films an elephant coming towards them. "It never catches up with me," the driver said. "It's fun, it's fun."

The clip also shows the car stopping twice waiting for the elephant to come closer. It is not clear when it happened, The clip drew negative comments from viewers. Mr Kanchit said the park filed a complaint against the driver, based on the clip, at Moo Si Police Station in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday.

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