No elephant was found in the gravel pit on inspection.
On February 16th, 2021, villagers in the Kabinburi district of Prachinburi province reported an elephant in a gravel pit near the village. The locals expected that the elephant had gone down into the pit but wasn’t able to get out.
Locals went to investigate but didn’t find an elephant there, they only heard the sound of elephants crying on the Makong Mountain, about 10 kilometers away.
The report says that a herd of wild elephants live in the dense forest Khao Makkong. Forestry officials went to inspect the area and were to coordinate an effort to push the wild elephants to another area.
Fireworks were set off to expel the elephants on a nearby hill, which had been there for several hours.
It’s estimated that there are 30 wild elephants in the area. The locals feel insecure about having the elephants there and want to push them out of the village’s vicinity.
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