This is the incredible moment of a hungry elephant smashed through a family’s kitchen wall to steal a sack of rice at midnight.
The adult bull, named Plai Bunchuay, sniffed out the food and broke into the house in Hua Hin, southern Thailand, at 2 am on Sunday.
Rachadawan Phungprasopporn and her husband were awakened by the noise and ran into the kitchen to see what had happened.
They were shocked to see the elephant with the huge tusk rummaging through the cabinet with its long trunk.
It even grabbed a plastic bag of rice that it put in its mouth.
Rachadawan said her husband helped shoo away the beast, which disappeared into the nearby woodland.
She said: ‘This elephant is famous in the region because it causes a lot of mischiefs.
‘He arrived at the house about two months ago and was looking around, but he didn’t damage anything.
‘We spoke to local wildlife officers, and they told us not to leave food in the kitchen because the smell attracts elephants, so we followed their advice.
‘The wall will cost around 50,000 baht (£1,140) to repair. It was funny to see the elephant like that, but I was also worried that it might come back again. ‘
Thailand has an estimated 2,000 Asian elephants living in the wild, but conflicts often arise when they contact people on the roads and villages.
Officers from the country’s National Parks – the vast area of protected woodland where wild elephants live – believe the animals have changed their behavior in response to the food available from humans.
Conservation officer Supanya Chengsutha said: ‘The most likely explanation for this situation is that the elephant smelled the food and wanted to eat it.
‘It’s not because the elephant is particularly hungry, because the food in the forest remains the same. There are many and that has not changed.
‘But sometimes elephants are altered in their behavior and personality, so there’s not a single factor that causes them to do this.
‘Elephant’s eating habits have also changed as they come into more contact with humans. They have begun to like the food that people eat.
‘It is also possible that hunters and traps in the forest interrupted the elephant and it moved further out of the forest to reach settlements.’