It’s not uncommon for elephants to dash across the road inside Khao Yai National Park as they make their way through the jungle, but yesterday, a herd of 25 pachyderms were in no mood to dash, these guys were strutting.
In a clip released by park officials yesterday, the massive elephant clan can be seen using the road that cuts through the park like they own the place, walking about two kilometers down the stretch of pavement, prompting authorities to shut down the road temporarily.
The herd appears to be led by two large elephants, with two babies between them.
Park chief Kanchit Srisupan told local outlet Matichon that it’s unusual to spot a herd this big, and it took about an hour for officials to chase the family back into the forest.
He warned those who drive through the national park to take precautions. When coming across elephants, motorists are advised to stop their car and leave about 30-meters distance from the animals. Of course, honking or flashing headlights at the beasts are a major no-no.
During the high season, Kanchit said more staff have been stationed to provide aid to the park’s growing number of tourists.