Thailand News from Hasekamp Net

Krabi monkeys take a swim

Mar 212017

At least a hundred monkeys climbed down a hill to cool off in a pool of water at Wat Tham Sue in Krabi yesterday. Krabi has not seen rain for about two months and this particular area has experienced a severe rise in temperature. “The monkeys climbed down into the pool, close to where tourists had come down for refreshments. Everyone was delighted to be able to enjoy a surprise appearance by the ‘guests’,” Jamras Sornsuvann, the temple keeper, told the Phuket Gazette. The monkeys playfully splashed around in the water and smiled at tourists as they took pictures. Mr Jamras warned people to be careful, adding that monkeys become aggressive in hot weather and could end up biting someone. “Do not feed them, as they are naturally able to procure food for themselves,” he warned. He also noted that tourists should only take photos, and not touch, play with or provoke the monkeys in any way. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)

Phuket gold thief wanted

Mar 212017

Police are hunting for a suspect who stole gold from at least two jewelry stores in Wichit and Phuket Town last week. The woman's face was captured by CCTV cameras at both stores. She is believed to be about 30 years old and 150cm tall. The footage was shared on various social media forums, including LINE groups, warning other store owners to be careful. The latest incident took place on Saturday morning, when she entered a gold shop named ‘Yong Dee’ in Wichit. CCTV footage showed her browsing around the shop, looking at various items of jewelry. As soon as the store attendant turned away, she swiped a 15g gold necklace and put it in her pocket before leaving the store. The store attendant only learnt about the missing necklace that evening, when she was counting inventory before closing the shop for the night. She then filed an official complaint and submitted the CCTV footage as evidence to Wichit Police Station. The owner of another store, ‘Ying Jaroen’, in Talad Nue also filed a complaint against her at Phuket City Police Station on Friday. This time too, the suspect's face was captured on CCTV. Col Sermpan Sirikong, deputy commander of Phuket Provincial Police, called officers from both police stations to discuss the issue. “We will check CCTV footage from nearby public areas to find out where she went. We already know her face and vehicle licence plate number, so we are sure we'll find her soon. We have also provided her description and information to officers at Tah Chat Chai checkpoint, so they can arrest her in case she tries to leave Phuket,” said Col Sermpan. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)

Prayut's birthday

Mar 212017

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday thanked Government House reporters for giving him a birthday card and their good wishes to mark his 63rd birthday. General Prayut admitted that sometimes he became aggressive with reporters but that was due to work-related stress, adding that he held no personal grudge against them. “I just want what we are doing to be completed successfully, otherwise we will not be able to move further,” he told the media. “We have attained many successes. In some areas, we are in the process of doing [work] and almost succeeding. But in some areas, we are just in the starting point.” Prayut asked the media to accept the fact prime ministers have different characters. “I am what I am,” he said. The PM gave a commemorative coin in memory of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to each of his media well-wishers at Government House. On Tuesday morning, he and his family offered alms to nine monks at his residence inside the First Infantry Division to mark his birthday. (Source: The Nation)

Rare black panther spotted in Tak

Mar 212017

Video images of a black panther have been recorded near a long-closed road through Tak’s Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, a source at the sanctuary said on Tuesday. The footage, shot between Wednesday and Saturday last week, indicates the forest's growing fertility to the point of having more of rare, top-of-food-chain animals such big cats. The image was captured near Highway No 1117 (Khlong Lan-Umphang), which cut through Tak's Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary and has been closed since 1977 to allow nature recovery. Previously, sanctuary officials had only spotted black panther footprints and faeces, and captured only the occasional grainy still photograph. Besides the black panther, sanctuary officials have also recorded footage of a family of four tigers in the 1.6 million-rai Umphang forest. The sanctuary is working to bring back 10 rare wild animals including tigers, leopards/black panthers, elephants, tapirs, Fea's muntjacs, deer, serows, gaurs, bantengs, and bears. (Source: The Nation)

Turtle with coins dies

Mar 212017

Orm Sin, the coin-swallowing sea turtle died on Tuesday morning after lapsing into a coma following a second operation to repair its tangled insides. The veterinary team at Chulalongkorn University decided additional surgery was needed to resolve complications after more than 900 coins were removed from its stomach in a nine-hour operation two weeks ago. The faculty of veterinary science announced on Tuesday afternoon that the surgery was unsuccessful and the 25-year-old sea turtle, affectionately nicknamed Orm Sin (money bank), had died around 10.10am. On March 6, the team removed 915 coins weighing a total of 5kg from the stomach of the suffering female turtle, which had swallowed coins thrown into its pond by people seeking good fortune. After the operation, the turtle's condition showed improvement and it could eat and swim. However, veterinarians on Saturday decided on further urgent surgery after the turtle's condition deteriorated due to high levels of nickel in its body, absorbed from the coins. The turtle had 200 times more than the usual amount of nickel in its blood, resulting in lowered immunity which affected its heart and muscles. The turtle's intestines were also tangled. Its intestinal muscles were unable to recover due to loss of protein. This led to a buildup of toxins in its blood, vet Nantarika Chansue, director of Aquatic Animal Research Centre, said. (Source: The Bangkok Post)

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