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Police manhunts are common in Thailand but police buffalo hunts are not. It takes some special buffaloes to get the authorities involved. 

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Phrakhru Kasem Phatthanaporn, the abbot of Wat Tanod Teay in Ayutthaya, is reunited with Thong Kwao, a six-year-old female buffalo stolen from the temple on Thursday. CHINNAPAT CHAIMON


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Buffalo hunt

Police manhunts are common in Thailand but police buffalo hunts are not. It takes some special buffaloes to get the authorities involved.

The two buffaloes at Wat Tanod Teay in Ayutthaya's Uthai district were special indeed, having both been donated by HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha.

Thus, when they were reported stolen the police rushed into action. They succeeded in rescuing one of them and almost succeeded with the second.

Thong Kwao, a six-year-old female, was rescued in Chiang Rai province's Chiang Khong district, where it was waiting to be smuggled into a neighbouring country.

Meanwhile, Ai Khlao, a six-year-old male was traced by Ayutthaya police to an abattoir in Nakhon Sawan's Takhli district.

Pol Maj Gen Korn-aek Phetcharachaiwes, Ayutthaya police chief, said that police arrived at the slaughterhouse about 7pm on Saturday, just one hour after the stolen animal was killed, he said.

The corpse was taken back to Wat Tanod Teay where a funeral was held yesterday for the dead buffalo before it was buried.

The carcass of Jao Khlao, a six-year-old male buffalo, is lowered into the ground for burial yesterday. SUNTHORN PONGPAO

A large number of mourners showed up at the buffalo funeral.

Several officials from Sukhothai Palace also attended the funeral of the buffalo.

On hearing the news of Thong Kwao rescue, Phrakhru Kasem Phatthanaporn, the temple's abbot, caught a flight to Chiang Rai to see the buffalo.

The abbot hired a 10-wheel truck to head north to Chiang Rai to pick up the rescued buffalo and bring it back home. Police said the buffalo thieves sold both animals at a cattle market in neighbouring Uthai Thani province before they were sold to other buyers.

Police arrested two suspected thieves on Saturday, and are widening their investigation to cover more suspects believed to be involved in a cattle theft ring.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post by Sunthorn Pongpao.

abbot – the head monk at a temple เจ้าอาวาส
reunite – to bring together again รวมกันใหม่
female – being a woman or a girl สตรี, ผู้หญิง, เพศหญิ
authorities – the police or people in official organisations who have the legal power to make people obey laws or rules เจ้าหน้าที่ (ตำรวจ หรือผู้มีอำนาจ)
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
donate – to give something such as money or goods to an organisation, especially to a temple, charity, school, political party, etc. บริจาค
rush – to move or do something very quickly รีบเร่ง, วิ่ง
rescue – to save a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation ช่วยชีวิต
smuggle – to take things or people to or from a place secretly and often illegally  ลักลอบนำเข้า/ออก
neighbouring – located or living near or next to a place or person  ติดกัน, ที่อยู่ใกล้เคียง, ที่ตั้งอยู่ใกล้เคียง
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
trace – to follow the evidence to find out something ตามรอย ตามทาง
abattoir – slaughterhouse; a building where animals are killed for food โรงฆ่าสัตว์
corpse – a dead body ศพ
funeral – a ceremony that takes place after someone dies งานศพ
bury – to put a dead body into the ground during a funeral ceremony ฝังศพ
carcass – the body of a dead animal ซาก
mourner –  someone who is at a funeral, especially a relative or close friend of the dead person ผู้ไว้ทุกข์,ผู้ไว้อาลัย,ผู้โศกเศร้า
thieves – people who dishonestly take something that belongs to someone else and keep it ขโมย
cattle – cows and bulls that are kept as farm animals for their milk or meat วัวควาย
arrested – caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime ถูกจับกุม
suspected – thought to have done something wrong เป็นที่สงสัย
investigation – the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something การสอบสวน

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