Pet Cat Chases Away Elephant That Wandered Into Its Owner's Garden Looking For Food

Pet Cat Chases Away Elephant That Wandered Into Its Owner's Garden Looking For Food

Little Simba isn't afraid to protect his owners, even if it means facing an elephant!

Image Source: Getty Images/ Nikolay Chekalin (Representative Image)

While most of us think cats have no emotions, they're actually more territorial than dogs. If they feel someone has intruded on their territory, they tend to feel aggressive. According to Daily Mail, a pet cat named Simba felt all these emotions when a huge elephant walked into his owner's garden looking for food. In the incident that occurred in Thailand, the three-year-old cat was angry that the elephant tried to raid the home for food in Nakhon Nayok on Tuesday night. Despite the huge difference in size, Simba was not intimidated by the elephant. Pictures show the tabby cat walking towards the elephant bravely. 



In fact, the elephant actually walked away from the garden, thanks to Simba's bravery. According to residents in the area, the elephant named Pai Salick is known for trampling on people's gardens in search of food. "The elephant lives in the forest but he often walks around the homes at night to look for food. People know who he is," said local park ranger Amnat Norasin. "The house owner said his cat is aggressive and doesn't like other animals entering his territory." Around 2,000 elephants are living in Thailand in the wild, and a similar number resides in captivity. 



They roam through protected areas, but sometimes they come in contact with humans, who use the areas for farming and gathering food. Elephants are highly protected animals in Thailand and killing them carries a maximum prison term of up to three years and a fine of 1,000 baht ($33). They are also considered the national elephant in Thailand. Though they have contributed to Thai culture for several years, they have been declared as an endangered species in Thailand in 1986. Speaking of which, elephants are also highly intelligent, while being kind and gentle at the same time. 



Earlier this year, we reported about an elephant that was smart enough to ask for humans to help get a bullet out of his forehead. The elephant, known as Pretty Boy, was shot by poachers. He knew he needed help immediately or things could turn grave. So, when veterinarians from Animal and Wildlife Area Research and Rehabilitation Trust (AWARE), a wildlife conservation organization in Zimbabwe, received word about Pretty Boy's injury, they arrived at Mana Pools National Park. The vets knew that elephants can usually keep to themselves when injured. But, they were surprised when this wounded elephant approached them first. 



 "Pretty Boy" heard they'd arrived in Mana Pools he made himself available for examination within half an hour, coming right up to their car. An extremely gentle and relaxed bull, the vets managed to get a good look at what immediately became apparent was a hole going into his forehead, AWARE shared on Facebook. Pretty Boy was then tranquilized and taken in for an x-ray which showed that there was a deformed bullet lodged inside his head. He was likely shot at several centimeters too high for a "kill shot", and the bullet glanced off his skull causing a depression fracture of the bones in his sinuses. The bullet is lodged under his skin some 5cm away from the wound, but because of the difficulty of taking several X-ray angles on a skull that big, it could not be sufficiently triangulated to definitively locate it, continued the post. 


They removed several black foul-smelling necrotic fragments of bone before thoroughly cleaning and flushing the wound. Pretty Boy was given ultra-long acting anti-biotics and parasiticides. The vets were worried his weak back might interfere with him getting to his feet after reversal, but he recovered and then lay his head against a tree and dozed for half an hour. The following day he was feeling much happier and very relaxed. He even allowed the vets to get in close for an assessment. Dr. Lisa Marabini, director of AWARE said that, while it will take Pretty Boy some time to heal, he now has a fighting chance. "He came 5 centimeters close to death," Marabini told Sky News. "He was lucky."


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