Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Authorities in Oddar Meanchey on the hunt for wild elephant



Authorities in Oddar Meanchey on the hunt for wild elephant

A female elephant trampling farmland was a rare sight for Oddar Meanchey villagers on Sunday. Supplied
A female elephant trampling farmland was a rare sight for Oddar Meanchey villagers on Sunday. Supplied

Authorities in Oddar Meanchey on the hunt for wild elephant

Cambodian authorities are monitoring a rogue wild elephant following a day in pursuit of the pachyderm after she trampled a number of villagers’ farmland.

The female elephant was spotted on Sunday morning in Oddar Meanchey’s Dangrek Mountains – a rare sighting, according to Banteay Ampil District Governor Hang Meng.

“In the six years since I came to be governor in the district, I never saw any elephant, domestic or wild,” he said.

He asked villagers to be careful of their farms and safety, expressing concern the elephant could “attack the children”.

But Chhay Duong Vibol, the Forestry Administration chief in the area, stressed the elephant had not caused any harm or significant damage and was likely scared and lost.

“We are chasing her and she is scared of us. She runs away, but does not attack,” he said. “This female looks like she lost her way or her herd.”

He added authorities did not want to capture the elephant – which is estimated to weigh more than 1,000 kilograms – but simply to monitor her to find her herd.

“When I tried to take a picture, she rushed at me, and I was scared and ran, dropping the telephone, which the elephant stepped on,” Duong Vibol said.

As of Monday afternoon, authorities had located the elephant in a valley of the mountain range, said Nga Pao, chief of the Banteay Chhmar protected area in Oddar Meanchey.

Pao’s officials would cooperate with border Military Police to track the elephant and would keep at a distance of at least 30 metres, he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Tourists urged not to skip trip

    The Ministry of Tourism has called on international tourists not to cancel trips to Cambodia, but urged them to adhere to several dos and don’ts when arriving in the Kingdom during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ministry released an eight-point instruction manual on Wednesday published

  • The taxman cometh – Cambodia’s capital gains tax casts the net on individual taxpayers

    In a country where only limited personal income tax existed, the new taxation law beginning January 1, 2021, will make taxpayers out of Cambodians, whether they are ready for it or not About two years ago, a little known amendment was made to Article 7 of the Law

  • Cambodian-American gets Star Trek treatment

    Kevin Ung, a Cambodian-American whose family escaped genocide during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, was recently selected from thousands of applicants to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s inaugural 2020 Star Trek Command Training Programme, a course intended to give hands-on filmmaking experience

  • Cambodia seeks to be transport hub

    Cambodia is working on several fronts to modernise its transport infrastructure and services, concentrating on opening new international gates to relieve and balance traffic congestion at its borders, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said on Thursday. This is part of the Kingdom’

  • Deminers unearth ancient lion statue

    Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC) director-general Heng Ratana told The Post on Tuesday that a statue of a lion was found by mine clearance experts while they were digging for a development project. It was sent to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts last

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring