Jumbo hold-up! Moment elephant chases vegetable seller’s van as it tries to steal a snack from the back in Thailand
- Rungthip Ketpradit’s van was chased in Chachoengsao province, Thailand
- The beast was trying to steal a snack from the vegetables that were in the back
- Ms Ketpradit was forced to reverse away at speed to get back to safety
This is the hair-raising moment a wild elephant tried to hold up a vegetable seller’s van in Thailand, forcing her to reverse out of the way.
Footage shows the huge animal approaching Rungthip Ketpradit’s van in Chachoengsao province, south-eastern Thailand, on January 23.
The footage begins with Ms Ketpradit filming as the elephant sauntered across the street, attracted by the vegetables in the back of the truck.
The elephant in Chachoengsao province, south-eastern Thailand, was trying to steal a snack from the vegetable truck
The hulking animal came very close to Rungthip Ketpradit’s car but she escaped unharmed
Ms Ketpradit reversed to keep her distance from the beast as it chased her down the road
As the elephant approached the vehicle, Ms Ketpradit tried to move around it.
But the animal was undeterred so the vegetable vendor slammed the van into reverse.
To her bemusement, the animal followed her down the road and only relented when she outran it.
Afterwards Ms Ketpradit said: ‘I think the elephant was trying to eat the vegetable kept in the back of my pickup truck.
‘I was scared but it didn’t hurt us.’
Thailand has an estimated 2,000 Asian elephants living in the wild but there is often conflict when they come into contact with humans
Conservationists even believe that some elephants have even evolved to prefer food from humans driving passing cars like Ms Ketpradit’s vegetable van
Thailand has an estimated 2,000 Asian elephants living in the wild but there is often conflict when they come into contact with humans on roads and in villages.
A similar number of elephants are kept captive where they work in zoos and are hired out for religious festivals and weddings.
Conservationists even believe that some elephants have even evolved to prefer food from humans driving passing cars over the jungle food.
However, elephants can pose a serious risk to humans in Thailand.
The video, filmed in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, shows the moment when a group of tourists on a tour of a river get charged by an elephant
The elephant sent the group collapsing in to the water, with the camera briefly falling beneath the surface as the video comes to an end.
Footage from 2019 shows an angry elephant charging at a group of tourists on a Thai river tour, sending them screaming in to the water.
The video, filmed by one of the party on the raft, in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, started with the group being propelled down the gentle river by a guide.
They chatted and took pictures of their stunning surroundings, but after a few seconds, an elephant was seen ahead and used its trunk to thrash at the water.
It is understood that everyone escaped unharmed in that incident.