On Sunday October 18th at around 17.30 a motorbike was attacked by a herd of wild elephants in Khao Yai National Park.
The incident occurred on the road to Prachin Buri near Km 32.
After park staff cleared the road and guided the backed-up cars through, about 20-30 cars in the opposite direction passed as well.
A small motorbike followed them, then 4 or 5 “big bikes” came speeding and overtook the the smaller one in a bend.
Immediately the elephants started screaming and chasing after the big bikes. The small bike turned around and coming around the
bend encountered more elephants on the road. The matriarch of the herd, already alerted by the melee around the bend spotted the
small bike coming around the bend and attacked other elephants joined in as well. The bike driver dropped his bike and retreated.
During the following standoff, the driver kept praying at the agitated elephants.
After the elephants relaxed, he was able to take up his motorbike and walk towards my car, that I positioned about 10 meters from him.
Both the driver and his bike have not been touched by the elephants.
Big bikes are a serious problem in Khao Yai National Park, they are there for racing, not for nature.
I saw video footage of motorbikes racing at over 240 km/h; almost all have modified mufflers and do not follow any rules.
No other Park in Thailand allows Big Bikes in, and in other countries they are banned as well.
I know there are a few bikers that are exceptions, but a ban should be considered urgently.