Elephant Attempts to Attack Workers in Chachoengsao Province
Jocelyn Hong, The 1014
September 16, 2023
A recent incident in Chachoengsao Province, Thailand, highlighted the
ongoing conflict between elephants and humans as towns continue to expand
into the elephants’ natural habitat. A wild female elephant named “Pang
Chatri” made an aggressive move towards eucalyptus cutting workers at the
Lat Krathing Forest Park area.
The workers, upon noticing the approaching elephant, quickly shouted and
ran away, leaving only the backhoe tractor driver behind. Despite their
efforts to scare the elephant away with firecrackers and noisy bombs, Pang
Chatri circled the vehicle for over three hours, attempting to attack the
Concerned for the safety of the driver, officials from the Khao Ang Rue Nai
Wildlife Sanctuary were called in to assist. Using infrared heat-sensing
drones, they conducted a search for the elephant and eventually managed to
help the driver escape from the vehicle.
Following this, officials continued to use infrared thermal drones to
monitor Pang Chatri’s movements and to prevent her from entering nearby
communities during the night. Villagers in the surrounding area were also
warned about the presence of the stressed elephant.
The incident highlights the ongoing challenge of human-elephant conflict in
Chachoengsao Province and other areas where urban development encroaches on
elephants’ habitats. As towns expand, elephants are forced to seek food and
shelter in unfamiliar areas, leading to encounters with humans and
potentially dangerous situations.
It is hoped that with measures in place to monitor and protect both
elephants and humans, incidents like this can be minimized. Efforts to
create awareness among the local communities about living in harmony with
elephants are vital in reducing conflicts and ensuring the survival of this