For a Thai family, the sight of an elephant digging in their kitchen was not a complete shock: they were accustomed to his frequent visits.
“He’s coming to cook again,” Kitchai Bodchan wrote sarcastically in the caption to a Facebook video he took over the weekend, showing an elephant sliding out of its box through his kitchen.
Probably driven by a nocturnal craving, this huge animal got its head inside the Kittichai Boodchan’s kitchen in the early hours of Sunday, using its chest to find food.
On one occasion, he picks up a plastic bag filled with liquid, looks at it briefly, and then puts it in his mouth, before cutting the video.
Kittichai Boodchan and his wife live near a national park in western Thailand, on the edge of a lake where wild elephants often bathe when they roam the jungle.
This majestic mammal did not bother him, as he realized a frequent visitor who often wanders around the houses of his village, where he eats before leaving and returning to the forest.
He said the elephant destroyed their kitchen wall in May, creating an outdoor kitchen concept reminiscent of a car window.
Kittichai Boodchan explained that the general rule for dealing with unwanted visitors is not to feed them.
“When he doesn’t get food, he leaves on his own,” he told AFP. “I was used to him coming, so I wasn’t worried.”
Wild elephants are common in Thailand’s national parks and surrounding areas, where farmers sometimes report incidents of fruit and corn crops being eaten by a starving herd.