A pet cat has been pictured bravely chasing a four-ton elephant that roamed into its garden searching for food in Thailand.
The three-year-old moggy named Simba was provoked by the jumbo trying to raid the house for food in Nakhon Nayok on Tuesday night.
However, the ferocious ‘guard kitten’ was not threatened by the large monster, although its size is many times over and capable of killing humans with a single step.
An incredible photo showing how the tabby defied a wild elephant, which turned on its heel and fled on an empty trunk after appearing to pull down trees in the garden, that was pictured crumbling in the front lawn.
Residents said the elephant was a 35-year-old ‘nuisance’ named Pai Salick, known for trampling people’s gardens searching for food.
Local ranger Amnat Norasin said: ‘The elephant lives in the forest but he often goes around the houses at night looking for food. Everyone knows who he is.
‘The house owner said his cat is aggressive and doesn’t like other animals entering his territory.’
An estimated 2,000 elephants are living in the wild in Thailand and a similar number in captivity. In the wild, they roam deep in forests and in the country’s protected national parks.
However, there was a conflict when they came into contact with humans, who also used the area for agriculture and gathering food.
Elephants are protected animals in Thailand, and killing them carries a maximum prison term of up to three years and 1,000 baht fine (£25).
They are the country’s national animal and have contributed to Thai culture for centuries but became endangered in Thailand in 1986.
The elephant found in Thailand is the Indian elephant, a subspecies of the Asian elephant – distinguishable from the African elephant by its smaller ears.