This lost elephant traveled 90km out of town, so officials walked him back to the wild

Kaew was escorted back to  his home at Khao Khitchakut National Park, April 7, 2017. Photo: Department of National Park Wildlife and Plant Conservation/ Facebook
Kaew was escorted back to his home at Khao Khitchakut National Park, April 7, 2017. Photo: Department of National Park Wildlife and Plant Conservation/ Facebook

Last week, wildlife officials walked the pachyderm they nicknamed “Kaew the traveling elephant” back to his home at Khao Khitchakut National Park, after he journeyed to visit villagers in Rayong, a province approximately 90 kilometers away from his habitat.

Kaew, who is estimated to be between 13 to 15 years old, was escorted on foot back to the national park in Chantaburi province after he was spotted near Klang City Hall in Rayong on March 20, reported Thai PBS.

Kaew was described as an “intelligent, kind and free-spirited” elephant. Although he has caused trouble for farmers by eating their fruit, people still find the teen elephant adorable because he likes to play in the canal.

Officials said this is not the first time Kaew felt like getting out of town. In 2014, he also traveled to Rayong on his own. So it’s fair to say, he likes it enough to visit for a second time.

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