Aggressive wild elephants are robbing fruit trucks and raising safety concerns in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin district.
Several people have recounted scary moments when giant pachyderms have come so close to them that they have been afraid they may cause physical harm.
Suwan Kaewpontrang, a pineapple agent, said: “Two nights ago, a big elephant with tusks cut in front of my truck and blocked my way. Then, it used its trunk to grasp pineapples into its mouth.”
He said the giant pachyderm knocked a wing mirror off and dented his six-wheeled truck.
“I was very frightened. My wife and our son were inside the truck. We were on our way to deliver about nine tons of pineapple to a plant,” Suwan said.
He said they could not call for help because the cell-phone signal was dead.
Fortunately, a police car drove past the incident and helped alert officials of the Kaeng Krachan National Park who rescued the family.