Wild elephant breaks into national park office to eat cat food in Thailand

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This is the moment a hunngry wild elephant broke into a park ranger’s office to eat cat food in western Thailand.

The hungry jumbo named Bunshuay emerged from the forest and walked towards the hillside office in Prachuap Khiri Khan province on August 18.

It stopped for a moment to search for snacks in the grass but when it found none, the animal went inside the office to rummage for food.

Soon after, the jumbo found a pet cat’s bowl and munched on the leftovers as one of the staff followed it around the compound.

Wildlife Conservation specialist Natthakan Charoendong said he heard noises outside the office and when he walked out he was surprised to find the jumbo.

He said: ‘There was a strange noise outside so I went out to have a look. I was surprised to see Bunshuay eating our cat’s food in the bowl. I let it finish the meal and then it walked away.’

After finishing the cat food and noticing the staff, Bunshuay slowly moved out from the office and returned to the forest.

The jumbo did not leave any damage but Natthakan said he was worried that the animal could break the windows if it did not find any food.

He said: ‘I was afraid he might break the windows but he was calm and only visited to eat the cat food. It did not leave any damage so we were relieved.’

Male Asian elephants roam alone and only join herds to mate. In contrast, African male elephants remain part of the herds for their whole life.

An estimated 2,000 elephants are living in the wild in Thailand and a similar number in captivity, where they live in sanctuaries, zoos or work privately for hire at weddings and festivals.

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