A woman in Thailand made a startling discovery when she heard loud noises coming from her kitchen: There was an elephant that appeared to be looking for snacks.
The incident occured in Hua Hin in southern Thailand around 2 am Saturday. The kitchen belonged to resident Ratchadawan Puengprasoppon, according to The Guardian. The elephant, named Boonchuay, poked its head through Puengprasoppon's kitchen wall and proceeded to open drawers and knock down pots and pans as Puengprasoppon filmed it all.
It's not the first time Boonchuay, or other wildlife, have found their way into residents' homes or food.
"They come to visit quite often. They always come when there is the local market because they can smell food," Itthipon Thaimonkol, Kaeng Krachan National Park Superintendent Itthipon Thaimonkol, told The Guardian.
Elephant in the room: visitor crashes through kitchen wall in Thailand https://t.co/fhZIFBZnPw— Guardian Environment (@guardianeco) June 21, 2021
The World Wildlife Fund tweeted Friday that it was working with the national park to protect the park's elephants and avoid conflicts with humans.
"Alongside communities we're working to deter elephants from nearby farmland and installing surveillance cameras to monitor elephant movements," the WWF said.
Puengprasoppon said Boonchuay had visited her home before but caused no damage. She said the recent incident would cost 50,000 Bahts, or over $US1,500 in needed repairs, according to the New York Post.
Elephants recently caused a stir in another part of the world, too. Chinese officials tried to keep a herd of 15 wild elephants from wandering into the city of Yuxi, which has a population around 7 million people. The elephants walked 300 miles from a nature reserve in China and were responsible for around $1.1 million in farmland damage.