Anger over stolen crops, not ivory riches, was the probable motive for killing two elephants, officials say after the arrest of two suspects.
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Suspected elephant killers not after ivory, police say
When wild elephants are killed in a national forest, the first suspicion is usually that the killers were after the animal's valuable ivory tusks.
But that is not always the motive behind a killing. Elephants are big eaters and the crops on farmlands neighbouring the forest can be very tempting to the animals.
It now appears likely that intrusions into farmland was the reason behind the killing of two elephants – one in March and another in April – in Kaeng Krachan National Park in Petchaburi province.
Police arrested two men yesterday suspected of killing the two elephants. Sanya Tuansap, 37, and his brother, Veerapong, 25, were caught in Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan.
They face charges of killing the elephants inside the borders of the park in Kaeng Krachan district of Phetchaburi, police said.
Witness accounts and ballistic forensics led police to the men, who are accused of shooting and killing the elephants with rifles.
The elephant found dead in April was pregnant.
Phetchaburi governor Monthien Thongnit said police found no connection between the suspected killers and the ivory trade. The evidence suggests the men shot the elephants for intruding on their farmland.
However, Mr Monthien said police would delve deeper into the case.
The brothers denied the charges. But Mr Monthien said the authorities have solid evidence to take legal action against the two.
Adapted by a story in today's Bangkok Post by Chaiwat Satyaem.
suspected – thought to have done something wrong เป็นที่สงสัย
tusk – either of the two long pointed teeth which stick out from the mouth of some animals such as elephants งาช้าง
valuable – worth a lot of money มีค่า
ivory – the yellowish-white bone that an elephant’s tusks are made of ทนต์
suspicion – a feeling that something bad is probably true or likely to happen ความสงสัย
motive – a reason for doing something แรงจูงใจ
crop – a plant grown for food, usually on a farm พืชผล
neighbouring – located or living near or next to a place or person ติดกัน, ที่อยู่ใกล้เคียง, ที่ตั้งอยู่ใกล้เคียง
tempting – making people/animals want to have it, do it, etc ล่อใจ,ยั่วใจ
intrusion – when someone goes into a place or situation where they are not wanted or expected to be การบุกรุก, การล่วงล้ำ
arrest – (of the police) taking someone under control (usually taken them to a police station) because they are believed to have committed a crime การจับกุม
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อกล่าวหา
border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries เขตแดน อาณาเขต
witness – a person who sees something happen ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์
account – a written or spoken report about something that has happened บันทึกถ้อยคำ
ballistic – related to the movement of objects moving through the air เกี่ยวกับการเคลื่อนที่ของวัตถุในอากาศ (วิธีกระสุน)
forensics – scientific methods used to solve crimes and find out who committed them
accused – to be said to have done something wrong or committed a crime ถูกกล่าวหา
rifle – a large gun with a long barrel that you hold against your shoulder to fire ปืนยาว, ปืนไรเฟิล
pregnant – having a baby developing inside the body ท้อง ตั้งครรภ์
trade – a type of business การค้าขาย
evidence – facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
suggest – to show that something is possibly true ชวนคิด
delve – to try hard to find out more information about something ค้นหาข้อมูลอย่างละเอียด
deny – to say that something is not true ปฏิเสธ
authorities – the police or people in official organisations who have the legal power to make people obey laws or rules เจ้าหน้าที่ (ตำรวจ หรือผู้มีอำนาจ)
solid – completely good, with no mistakes or bad parts ซึ่งไว้ใจได้
legal – relating to the law เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย