Two people had to run for their lives following an attempt to take a selfie with a wild elephant in Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Nayok province.
According to Asiaone, the two runners tried to take a selfie with the herbivore mammal when suddenly it turned on them and chased them.
Facebook user, Kamron Petprayoon, was able to capture the life-threatening moment while he was also taking photos of the male elephant on the roadside leading to the national park.
Kamron shared the photos on Facebook; narrating what had happened. He said he went to the park on September 13, when he spotted the pachyderm on the side of the road, munching on some leaves.
“I stopped my car and took photos of the elephant. Drivers of vehicles that followed me along the road spotted it also and refused to drive past it. So I led them past the elephant which appeared to pay no attention to us,” he wrote.
He then parked his car after passing it, but with engine on, ready to take action in case of emergency.
“After about 14 kilometres, the elephant was eating leaves when I saw two runners go near the animal and take selfies with it. When they went nearer, I turned to change my lens. When I turned back, I saw the elephant quietly running towards them.”
He said he shouted ‘watch out’ as the elephant was already running towards the two risk-takers. He was able to take 35 photos of them while it happened.
“When the runners had gone far ahead of the animal, it stopped chasing. But when they stopped running, it chased them again but this time, it made a loud noise. This happened about three times.”
The agitated mammal then stood in the middle of the road and blocked all vehicles, until it was chased away by the park officials.
Chief of the national park Kanchit Sri-noppawan called on to other tourists not to get near wild animals just to take selfies, saying: “Such acts are very dangerous because if the elephant gets angry, it could attack and kill them. It’s a warning to other tourists as well. They are very lucky that the animal was not very angry.”
“People can gauge an elephant’s feelings by looking at its ears and tails. If it is moving its ears back and forth, it suggests that it is in a good mood. But if it raises its ears and points its tail, that’s a warning that it is very disturbed and could harm people,” Kanchit added.
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