‘Sidor Noke’ captured, returned to wildlife sanctuary
A backhoe helps sedated Sidor Noke into an army truck to return to Khao Ang Ruenai Wildlife Sanctuary, after he was captured in the forest in Kabin Buri district, Prachin Buri province, on Monday night. (Photo: Manit Sanubboon)
PRACHIN BURI: Wildlife officials have captured ‘Sidor Noke’, a stray bull elephant that raided farms in Krabin Buri district and killed a villager and brought him home to Khao Ang Rue Wildlife Sanctuary Nay.
While on the run, the lone elephant was blamed for the death of a 73-year-old woman feeding in the forest and causing extensive damage to orchards and field crops.
On March 15, Rungnapha Pattanaipul, Deputy Chief of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife Conservation, signed an order for his capture and return to the sanctuary.
About 150 forest and wildlife rangers from the Protected Areas Regional Offices 1 and 2, based in Prachin Buri and Chon Buri, and volunteers set off in pursuit of Sidor Noke.
They were told to only use tranquilizer darts fired from long guns to subdue him.
On Monday morning, they received a report that Sidor Noke had been spotted feeding in Nong Kradik Niew forest near where he had trampled the woman to death at Tambon Khao Mai Kaew in the district. by Kabin Buri. They rushed to the area and waited.
At around 5 p.m., they had the elephant in sight and fired five tranquilizer darts at it.
Sidor Noke retired to a eucalyptus plantation and fell asleep and was found to be in control around 8 p.m.
It took the team more than three hours, using a backhoe, to load the elephant onto a 10-wheel military truck.
The truck left with the elephant on board from Nong Kradik Niew forest in tambon Khao Mai Kaew shortly after midnight, heading for Thung Krathing in Sanam Chai Khet district, Chachoengsao province.
Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary includes areas in five adjacent eastern provinces – Chachoengsao, Sa Kaeo, Chon Buri, Chanthaburi and Rayong.