Wildlife officers chase elephant that smashed through kitchen wall in Thailand
Footage shows wildlife officers chasing a hungry wild elephant has smashed through the same kitchen wall a month after his first terrifying raid.
The 40-year-old bull named Plai Bunchuay rammed his head through the concrete building to steal a bag of rice on June 20 in Hua Hin, southern Thailand.
Shocked residents recorded the carnage before the damage was repaired by officials, who also began monitoring the testosterone-fueled jumbo to drive him deeper into the forest.
However, Plai Bunchuay showed how strong an elephant's memory is and returned to the scene of the crime for seconds on Friday night - headbutting the wall and stealing more food.
Shocked homeowner Rachadawan Phungprasopporn and her husband were woken up by the sound of concrete smashing and jars hitting the floor before they found the beast rummaging through the kitchen.
The elephant grabbed instant noodles, a pack of flour and a bag of cooking oil that she put in a food container. He also scattered kitchenware all over the floor.
Rachadawan said Plai Bunchuay is now starting to annoy her - but she is not afraid of the jumbo.
She said: 'I feel like we should just invite him in to live with us. He keeps coming back and causing damage. Every night we go to sleep and wonder if he will visit in the night.
'We're not worried about burglars, just the elephant. He causes a lot of damage but I'm not afraid of him hurting us as I think he just wants the food.'
Plai Bunchuay first raided the house on June 20 shortly after midnight and stole a bag of rice before disappearing back into the woods.
Officials repaired the kitchen at a cost of around 50,000 Baht.
Staff from the Kaeng Krachan National Park, officers from the Wildlife Conservation Society Thailand and local soldiers have again fixed the property.
Pichai Watcharawongpaiboon, director of the Third Conservation Area Administration Office, said a patrol had been set up to push the elephant into the forest.
He said: 'Some of the trees will be cleared to stop the elephant from getting too close to the home. We will monitor him and drive him away. We don't want to him cause any more problems for local people.'
Staff from the country's National Park - the sprawling area of protected woodland where wild elephants live - believe the animals have changed their behaviour in response to the food available from humans.
Conservation officer Supanya Chengsutha said elephants have individual characters like humans so it is hard to know what Plai Bunchuay is thinking.
He said: 'The most likely explanation for this situation is that the elephant smelled the food and wanted to eat it.
'It's not because the elephant was particularly hungry, as the food in the jungle has stayed the same. There is plenty and that hasn’t changed.
'But sometimes individual elephants experience a change in their behaviour and character, so there’s no one factor why they would do this.
'Elephant eating habits have also changed now that they come into contact with humans more. They have started to like the food that people eat.
'It could also be that hunters and traps in the jungle have disrupted the elephant and it has moved out of the deep forest more towards settlements.'