White elephant hunt, 5 million baht reward

White elephant hunt, 5 million baht reward

A hunt is on for a possible white elephant in Kaeng Krachan National Park, with a reward of 5 million baht being offered to hunters who can capture the animal – if it exists.

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Former Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya stands in front of a white elephant during a visit to Burma. Thai government photo by Peerapat Wimolrungkarat.

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White elephant hunt, 5 million baht reward

PHETCHABURI : A hunt is on for a possible white elephant in Kaeng Krachan National Park, with a reward of 5 million baht being offered to hunters who can capture the elephant – if it exists

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 then reported the sighting to Park chief Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn.

Mr Chaiwat said he has sent a unit of forestry guards to track down the elephant calf and keep it safe from poachers.

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 King.

Mr Chaiwat said the province wrote to the palace last Wednesday to inform it of the white elephant sighting.

Phetchaburi 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," Mr Apichart said.

"I spotted it later in the photos. The skin is pink and so are the toes."

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post

reward – money that someone receives for finding and returning something, helping the police, etc. รางวัล
capture – to catch someone or something; to take someone as a prisoner จับ, จับกุม
exist – to be real; to be present in a place or situation  มีอยู่
sighting – an occasion when somebody sees somebody/something, especially something unusual or something that lasts for only a short time โอกาสที่จะได้เห็น
reservoir – a natural or artificial lake where water is stored อ่างเก็บน้ำ
pregnant – having a baby developing inside the body ท้อง ตั้งครรภ์
spot – to see or notice สังเกตเห็น
still photo – a photograph (rather than a video) ภาพนิ่ง
herd – a large group of animals of the same type that live and move about together ฝูงสัตว์
unit – a group of people who work or live together, especially for a particular purpose หน่วย,กอง,กลุ่ม
track down – to try to follow and find someone or something ตามรอย
calf – a young cow or, in this case, a young elephant  ลูกวัว, ลูกช้าง
poacher – a person who illegally catches or kills an animal, bird, or fish on someone else’s property ผู้รุกล้ำ, ผู้บุกรุกล่าสัตว์หรือจับปลา
unique – being the only one of its kind  ซึ่งเป็นหนึ่งเดียว
physical – connected with a person's/animal’s body เกี่ยวกับร่างกาย
attribute – a quality or feature of somebody/something คุณลักษณะ, คุณสมบัติ
(finger, toe) nail – any of the hard smooth parts that cover the ends of your fingers or toes เล็บ
pale – light and not bright in colour อ่อน, ซีด
revered – highly respected and admired ซึ่งแสดงความเคารพนับถือ
symbol – someone or something that represents a particular idea or quality สัญลักษณ์
prosperity – the situation of being successful and having a lot of money ความมั่งคั่ง
traditionally – of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time ตามธรรมเนียม, ประเพณี ดั้งเดิม ตามที่ปฏิบัติกันมา
the palace – the people who live or work in a palace, especially the royal family and the officials who serve them พระราชวัง,วัง
inform – to tell somebody about something, especially in an official way แจ้งให้ทราบ
monarch – a king or queen  กษัตริย์ หรือราชินี

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