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Hungry Elephant Wanders On To Family’s Driveway In Search Of Food

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A hungry grey elephant was caught on camera wandering onto a family’s driveway while searching for food in Chanthaburi province.

The homeowner heard his pet dogs barking so looked up from the balcony where he was resting and was shocked to see a wild elephant surveying the property for something to eat.

CCTV footage shows the three metre-tall jumbo inspecting the garage before leaving empty-trunked a few moments later.



Satap Mochit, 56, said he did not make a noise nor tried to scare the elephant away because he could anger the huge and hungry Jumbo.

He said: “Sometimes elephants visit our garden and the neighbour’s houses to look for bananas, coconuts, and rice. This time though, it walked much closer to the house.”

In the morning, Satap found huge footprints in the garden and a huge pile of elephant dung which they cleaned afterwards.

There were also several broken tree branches and scratches on the car where the elephant had rubbed against it before walking away.

An estimated 2,000 elephants are living in the wild in Thailand and a similar number in captivity. In the wild, they roam through the deep jungle and in the country’s protected national parks.

However, there is a conflict when they come in contact with humans who also use the area of farming and gathering food.

Elephants are a protected animal in Thailand and killing them carries a maximum prison term of up to three years and a fine of 1,000 baht.



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Irish Starbucks Ordered To Pay Thai Woman Compensation Over ‘Slanty’ Eyes Drawing On Cup

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A Starbucks branch in Ireland has been ordered to pay compensation to a Thai expat after an employee drew “slanty” eyes on her cup.

Atercin Liffey Unlimited, trading as Starbucks Tallaght, has to pay Suchavadee Foley €12,000 (437,000 baht).

The incident happened on 12 January last year when Ms Foley and her boyfriend went into the Dublin coffee shop to buy a latte.

Ms Foley tried to give a shortened version of her name at the counter as she made her order so it could be written on the cup.

The employee, who is from Brazil, drew a smiley face on the cup later claimed she did so because she thought the customer looked “glamorous”. She had been working at the branch for about a month when the incident happened and said she had been “trained to be nice”.

Ms Foley told the hearing she felt offended and demeaned by the incident. She said she’d been racially abused and it was not a friendly event.

Her boyfriend approached the counter and spoke with the supervisor, who came to apologise. Ms Foley and her parents moved to Ireland from Thailand when she was five or six.

The Workplace Relations Commission found Ms Foley was racially harassed under the Equal Status Act.

In his judgement, Mr Baneham said that instead of Ms Foley’s name being used on her cup, “a physical descriptor was used, in this case her eyes”.

“This was not a drawing of the complainant, but a sketch of one part of her and one clearly associated with race,” he added.

Mr Baneham accepted the employee “did not intend to humiliate her or make her feel uncomfortable” and that “this was a mistake on her part and one that she regrets”.

A spokeswoman for Starbucks said it was “deeply sorry”.

“We have no tolerance for discrimination of any kind at Starbucks,” she said.

“We accept the adjudicator’s conclusion that our partner did not intend to harass this customer and we have retrained the team at this store to ensure this does not take place again.”



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Locals Light Fires To Keep Warm In Chiang Mai

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Residents in Chiang Mai have been burning charcoal inside clay stoves to keep warm during a winter cold weather spell.

Footage shows locals warming their hands over the flames at the weekend as temperatures in the northern city have plunged to the low teens during the day and single digits at night.

State meteorologist Phuwiang Prakhammin said that winter will be colder and longer than previous years. He expected the cool season to last for approximately 122 days until mid-February, with average lows of 20C to 21C nationwide throughout the entire season, however, temperatures are much lower in northern parts of Thailand.





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Hungry Elephant Strolls Over To Korean BBQ After Smelling Grilled Pork

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The moment a wild elephant strolled over to a Korean BBQ restaurant after smelling grilled pork was caught on camera and widely shared on social media this week.

Locals were happily tucking into the meat when the jumbo emerged from the forest in Nakhon Nayok province on Monday evening (Jan 18).

The female elephant, named Sarika, slowly crossed the road and walked past the parked motorcycles before heading straight to the eatery.

Terrified diners fled their tables when the jumbo was seen approaching while the others were amused to watch the animal sniffing out the barbecued meat.

Restaurant owner Jinwimol Mahasap said: ‘The elephants are harmless. This one is called Sarika and she did not take food that day but it can’t resist the smell of our delicious food. She loves to vist us.’

Jinwimol added that the elephants would often hide at the back of the stall where it’s darker whenever there are many customers.





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