BANGKOK – Some forest-dwelling families may fear a sudden nightfall, but it was no shock to see an elephant roaming their kitchen at a house in Thailand.
“It came to cook again,” Kittichai Budchan wrote sarcastically in the caption of a Facebook video he shot over the weekend making his way into an elephant’s kitchen.
Possibly inspired by the midnight gnawing, the giant animal turns its head in Kittichai’s kitchen, using its trunk to find food in the early hours of Sunday.
At one point, it picks up a plastic bag of liquid, considers it briefly, and then sticks it in its mouth—before the video cuts.
Kittichai and his wife live near a lake in a national park in western Thailand, where wild elephants often bathe while roaming the forest.
He was unfazed by the giant mammal, recognizing it as a frequent visitor as it often wandered into its village homes where it eats, leaves and shoots back into the woods.
Elephant actually destroyed the wall of his kitchen in May, he said, introducing the concept of an open-air kitchen reminiscent of a drive-thru window.
This weekend, its only task was to find food.
Kittichai said a general rule of thumb in dealing with unwanted visitors by accident is not to feed them.
“When it doesn’t get food, it leaves on its own,” he told AFP. “I’m already used to it coming, so I wasn’t so worried.”
Wild elephants are a common sight in Thailand’s national parks and its surrounding areas, with farmers occasionally reporting incidents of their fruit and corn crops being eaten by hungry herds.