Reward for white elephant calf
PHETCHABURI : Forest officials are searching for a possible young white elephant after its photograph was taken in Kaeng Krachan National Park.
- Published: 23/04/2013 at 12:00 AM
- Newspaper section: news
Park chief Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn said he has sent a unit of forestry guards to track down the elephant calf, which could be a precious white elephant, and keep it safe from poachers.
Mr Chaiwat said the young elephant is likely to be targeted by poachers now that word of its sighting has spread.
A reward of 6 million baht is being offered to hunters who can capture the elephant, he said.
The sighting of the white elephant was reported by Apichart Puangnoi, a photographer who visited Krarang Sam reservoir in tambon Pa Teng on April 10, where a pregnant elephant was found dead the day before.
Mr Apichart spotted the calf from still photos of an elephant herd he took and reported the sighting to Mr Chaiwat.
White elephants, which have unique physical attributes including skin, nails and eyes which are pale pink or white, have been revered as a symbol of power and prosperity.
Traditionally, they are captured and presented to the monarch.
Mr Chaiwat said the province wrote to the palace last Wednesday to inform it of the white elephant sighting.
Governor Monthian Thongnit said he would ask border patrol police and troops to help with the forestry patrol's search.
Mr Apichart said it would be good news for the province if another white elephant is found.
The province presented three white elephants to the monarch in 1978.
"I couldn't tell the difference when I saw the herd because it was very late in the afternoon," he said.
"I spotted it later in the photos. The skin is pink and so are the toes."