Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Elephants Performing Extortion

A friend at work (yes, the same one who told me about Stormonter yesterday) pointed me to this article in the Bangkok Post. I find it hard to believe, but gangs of elephants have been stopping and raiding cargo trucks on a road through a wild-life sanctuary. According to the article, "A herd of about 20 elephants frequently blocks the road and holds up cargo trucks until a bundle of sugarcane, tapioca or pineapple is tossed to them as a highway fee."

I'm surprised someone hasn't blamed violent TV programs for teaching the elephant gangs this behavior...