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Phuket orangutan discovered caged in jungle

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Khao Phra Thaeo Non Hunting Zone officers discovered a missing 13-year-old orangutan Saturday evening after she disappeared from the Phuket Zoo ahead of a police raid on Friday.

“Milo was found in a healthy condition,” Edwin Weik, the founder and director of Wildlife Friends of Thailand (WFFT), told the Phuket Gazette.

“I do not believe that she went missing in the forest since Thursday night. I believe that there is something behind all of this. After this news of a missing orangutan was spread, Milo was suddenly found in the jungle.”

The orangutan, which was trapped in a cage after allegedly being ‘freed’ into the jungle, appeared to have been fed since her disappearance (story here).

“I went to her first thing Sunday morning and she was still stuck in the cage. The door was padlocked, no keys were found in the area. They eventually had to hammer open the lock at the Phang Nga Wildlife Nursery Station, which took a good 20 minutes,” said local animal-rights activist Vicki Kiely.

“The ranger who found her and another member of the Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary should be hailed as local heroes,” said Ms Kiely. “They stayed up with her all night and brought her a big basket of fruits and vegetables. When I arrived, she was poking his belly and playing with him. Those two guys made her transition from the jungle to the Phang Nga Wildlife Nursery Station so much easier.”

The conspicuous resurfacing of the great ape will be one of many issues in which Mr Weik plans to table during a meeting with Deputy Director of Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) Adisorn Nuchdamrong. Additional topics to be discussed are the details on the exact fate of Milo, as well as a number of other orangutan in Thailand.

“There are still many other illegal orangutan being raised in Thailand. Some of those raising them are now afraid of the law; they are contacting us to take the orangutan for them,” Mr Weik said. “I will be talking with Mr Adisorn about what action the DNP can take with regards to these animals.”

Milo was taken to Phang Nga Wildlife Nursery Station before she is to be moved to the Khao Prathap Chang Wildlife Sanctuary in Ratcha Buri, which already houses a number of orangutan.

“I received a call this morning confirming that the veterinarian had been in to see Milo and that she is healthy,” Ms Kiely said.

“When she finally got out of the cage, we walked with her about 20 meters before she fell flat on her tummy,” she said. “Nonetheless, she is still overweight and will need to go through some rehabilitation.

The Phuket Zoo again declined to comment further on the issue. However, employees on Friday told officers that Milo had been released into the jungle.

“We will continue our investigation on exactly how Milo was abandoned in the forest,” confirmed Piyawat Sukhon, head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non Hunting Zone. “Tomorrow, I will go to the zoo with relevant officials and question staff about the details of her alleged disappearance.”

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 New Phuket governor arrives October 1

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The New Phuket Governor will start to work on the island on October 1 while the current governor Norraphat Plodthong will be finishing at the end of next month.

The cabinet has approved the new Phuket governor to replace current Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong who will be retiring this September 30.

The new Phuket governor, Pakkapong Tawipat, is the current Phitsanulok Governor.

Governor Pakkapong’s qualifications include…

  • High school from Suankularb Wittayalai School.
  • Bachelor of Political Science,Chulalongkorn university
  • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) American International College, Springfield Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Governor Pakkapong was also a former Phang Nga governor and a former Vice Governor of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya and Saraburi in central Thailand.

Governors are shuffled around every 18 months to 2 years and appointed directly by the Thai Cabinet. Governor Norraphat started work on April 10, 2017.

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University students arrested with 14K methamphetamine pills

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Eight suspects have been arrested with over 14,000 methamphetamine pills and 104 grams of crystal methamphetamine over the past two days. Two of them are senior university students.

28 year old Tanapat Naoprai and Sarocha Horgiean were living at a house in Rawai. Both are senior law students of a university in Phuket. Officers seized 14,000 methamphetamine pills from their house. They were taken to the Chalong Police Station where they have been charged with illegal possession of Category 1 Drugs with intent to sell.

36 year old Wisit Poomnak was arrested at Chalong Temple. Officers seized 8.38 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 18 methamphetamine pills. He was taken to the Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 1 Drug with intent to sell.

30 year old Nantawan Sritongkun was arrested in front of a FamilyMart in Chalong. Officers seized 7 methamphetamine pills. She was taken to the Chalong Police Station where she has been charged with illegal possession of Category 1 Drugs.

27 year old Mallika Songmuang was arrested at a house in Wichit. Officers seized 0.47 grams of crystal methamphetamine. She was taken to the Wichit Police Station where she has been charged with illegal possession of Category 1 Drugs.

27 year old Tachama Nengnoi and 20 year old Tabpon Nengnoi were arrested at a house in Wichit also. Officers seized from Tachama 28.68 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 79 methamphetamine pills.  Officer also seized from Tabpon 1.89 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a handgun and 37 bullets.

Tachama and Tabpon were taken to the Wichit Police Station. Tachama has been charged with illegal possession of Categoty 1 Drugs with intent to sell. Tabpon has been charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition and Category 1 Drugs with intent to sell.

And 41 year old Rsart Tawan was arrested on Wichit Songkram Road in Phuket Town. Officers seized 100 methamphetamine pills. He was taken to the Phuket City Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 1 Drugs with intent to sell.

Officers also found a bag containing 100.60 grams of crystal methamphetamine inside a box under a tree in Soi Rat-U-thit in Wichit.


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One rescued, one dead, one missing in Phuket surf

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Nai Harn lifeguards have rescued a male Chinese tourist from the surf whilst another female Chinese tourists was later found dead on the beach. Another one was also reported missing at Karon beach yesterday (August 13).

Lifeguards at Nai Harn Beach were notified at 7pm after finishing work that two swimmers were having trouble in the surf. Two lifeguards went into the water with up to two metre waves.

A male Chinese tourist was fished out of the surf while the female Chinese tourist remained missing. A search was immediately launched.

At 10.10pm, the body of the missing female Chinese tourist was found to have washed up on Nai Harn Beach, not far from where she went missing.

Just north at Karon Beach, Police were alerted at 7pm that a tourist was missing. A search was launched and kept going until midnight. As of this morning, the swimmers has not yet been located.


PHOTOS: Wiset 1/ News Hawk Phuket

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