Those staying in their beachfront resort in Hua Hin, can enjoy the beachtown’s many attractions, including animal shows.
However, an issue has risen regarding two elephants from the Hua Hin Tique animal show, performing in Prachuap Khiri Khan. A taskforce set up by the Thailand Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP); the Phaya Suea or “Tiger King”, ran an inspection of the Hua Hin show and found issues with the documents regarding the origins of two domesticated elephants; one named TG and the other named Koh Phaya Petch, which were then seized by the taskforce.
The department cross-checked the elephants’ DNA with the state database of elephant DNA. This course of action was undertaken based on sound scientific principles and procedures and due to statements and arguments put forward by the show runners. While investigations proceed, the two pachyderms are confined to the local zoo.
Last September, further background checks on the elephants and their documentation showed a strange irregularity; both of them were already registered. This alternate registration, made on the 30th of June, stated the elephants are being held in the Sai Yok district in Kanchanaburi. This registration occurred without the proper authorities being notified.
The taskforce, Phaya Suea, returned to the Hua Hin animal show last December, only to discover that the elephants were taken and relocated without their knowledge, to Ayutthaya province, specifically in Royal Krall. Strangely, the Prachuap Khiri Khan’s local livestock office were told of this move by the animal’s owners.
In order to solve the problem, the elephants were made to undergo another round of DNA testing and cross-checks with the Thai elephant DNA database to ensure the veracity of their origin documents. According to the Phaya Suea chief, Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn, the data proved that TG was indeed from the Hua Hin animal show. The same tests were ran with Koh Phaya Petch, with similar results. Further tests, these ones made to ensure that their documented relations were, in fact true, the documented relations, save one; Koh Phaya Petch to his “mother”, Pooky, were discovered as false.
Further investigations are being continued, whilst the elephants are confined for the time being. The taskforce’s recent vigilance were brought upon when, earlier this year, an animal graveyard was located in a temple not far from an elephant show’s location. There have been suspicions that the elephants that are involved in this issue might have been registered using names of elephants that were already deceased.
Nevertheless, other animal shows continue to proceed, and that beachfront resort in Hua Hin will not be lacking for nearby entertainment.