Who’s the scaredy-cat now? Pet kitty chases away four-tonne elephant that wandered into its garden looking for food in Thailand
- The three-year-old moggy, named Simba, was pictured chasing the beast away
- The elephant had entered the garden on Tuesday, but was quickly scared off
- Residents said the elephant is a 35-year-old nuisance named Pai Salick
- He is known for trampling on people’s gardens in search of food in local homes
A pet cat has been pictured bravely chasing away a four-tonne elephant that wandered into its garden looking for food in Thailand.
The three-year-old moggy, named Simba, was roused by the jumbo trying to raid the home for food in Nakhon Nayok on Tuesday night.
However, the ferocious ‘guard kitty’ was not intimidated by the enormous beast despite it being many times its size and capable of killing humans with one step.
Stand off: The astonishing moment a pet cat – named Simba – chased away a four-tonne elephant that wandered into its garden in Thailand
An astonishing picture shows how the tabby squared up to the wild elephant, which turned on its heels and fled empty-trunked after appearing to pull down trees in the garden, that were pictured splintered over the front lawn.
Residents said the elephant is a 35-year-old ‘nuisance’ named Pai Salick that is known for trampling on people’s gardens in search of food.
Local park ranger Amnat Norasin said: ‘The elephant lives in the forest but he often walks around the homes at night to look for food. People know who he is.
‘The house owner said his cat is aggressive and doesn’t like other animals entering his territory.’
An estimated 2,000 elephants are living in the wild in Thailand and a similar number in captivity. In the wild, they roam through the deep jungle and in the country’s protected national parks.
However, there is a conflict when they come in contact with humans who also use the area of farming and gathering food.
But Pai Salick was left empty-trunked after the cat, who doesn’t like other animals entering his territory, bravely chased the elephant away
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 (£25).
They are the national animal in the country, and have contributed to Thai culture for many centuries, but become an endangered species in Thailand in 1986.
The elephant found in Thailand is the Indian elephant, a subspecies on the Asian elephant – distinguishable from its African counterpart by its smaller ears.
They’ll never see me! Cheeky baby elephant tries to hide behind a light pole after being caught eating sugarcane in a field in Thailand
A cheeky baby elephant has been pictured trying to hind behind a light pole after being caught eating sugarcane in a field in Thailand.
The elephant was found in Ching Mai in the mountainous north of the country.
It apparently believed it could hide behind the narrow pole as it saw that humans were approaching, despite being significantly wider and clearly visible.
As the people investigating the scene shone a light on its conspicuous hiding place, it also apparently stood perfectly still in the hope it would not be spotted.
A cheeky baby elephant that was caught eating sugarcane in a field in Thailand chose a light pole as it’s rather conspicuous hiding spot when people approached to investigate (pictured)
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