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Phuket welcomes newborn elephant “Pang Saifon’

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Phuket welcomes newborn elephant “Pang Saifon’ | The Thaiger

PHUKET: The owners of the Kinnari Elephant Camp in Rawai this morning announced the birth of a baby elephant at the camp.

Pang Saifon, born at 1:49am, is the second elephant to be born at the camp.

The newborn weighs 75 kilograms and is in perfect health, said Jirayu Nirunwiroj, a veterinarian from the Phuket Livestock Office’s Animal Health Development division.

“We have to take very good care of her at the moment as her mother [“Pang Gaewta”] isn’t nursing her. We’re feeding Pang Saifon bottled milk taken from her mother,” he said.

“Mother’s milk during the first three days is very important. Soon we’ll try to get Pang Saifon closer to her mother so that she can get used to her baby and allow her baby to drink milk from her,” Mr Jirayu said.

“I asked the camp owner to build a new large pen for just the two to stay together,” he added.

Pang Gaewta is a very young mother. Normally elephants start mating about the age of 10 or 11. However, Pang Gaewta fell pregnant when she was only eight.

According to the Phuket Livestock Office, only six elephants have been born in Phuket since 2001.

Sommai Salangam, Pang Gaewta’s owner, said it was quite lucky that Pang Gaewta became pregnant.

“I wasn’t sure if Pang Gaewta would get pregnant, since the bull elephant, Plai Thongpoon, was scheduled to mate with three female elephants on that day. Pang Gaewta was the last one and she was the only one that got pregnant,” he said.

“Pang Gaewta start to cry from about 9pm last night. I think she was suffering from birth pains, just like humans do. She finally gave birth at 1:49am.

“It was raining heavily while Pang Gaewta was in labor, so we named the baby Saifon [“falling rain”] because the moment she was born the rain stopped,” Mr Sommai said.

Jarung Taojan, owner of the Kinnari Elephant Camp, said that with the arrival of Pang Saifon the camp now has 20 elephants.

“Our first baby elephant was Plai Peemai, who was born on January 4, 2009. Both Plai Peemai and Pang Saifon share the same father,” he said.

Tourists have been flocking to the camp to see the newborn.

“Pang Saifon is our new star. We will take our best care of her,” Mr Jarung said.

— Warisa Temram

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Democrats toppled in Phuket

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Democrats toppled in Phuket | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva resigned the leadership position last night amid dismal polls around the country

The Democrat Party in Phuket, once a reliable strong-hold of Democrat votes, has yielded its customary monopoly, ceding two House seats to the junta-aligned Phalang Pracharat Party.

The unofficial tally, as of late last night, gave Phalang Pracharat’s Sutha Prateep na Thalang the victory in Constituency 1 with 32,338 votes.

He beat Democrat Rewat Areerob, who got 25,198 votes.

The voter turnout was 70.80 per cent.

In Constituency 2, Natthee Thinsakhu of Phalang Pracharat beat Democrat Chaiyos Panyawai, 26,787 votes to 23,492.

Voter turnout was 72.57 per cent.

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Guyanese arrested over ‘magic’ bank note scam in Phuket

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Guyanese arrested over ‘magic’ bank note scam in Phuket | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Surachete Hakparn

A Guyanese man has been arrested in Phuket after the owner of a local language school reported a money scammer with an unusual scam.

The Immigration Bureau Chief Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn reports that they have arrested the Guyanese man named Abdul Kalam Azad Sattaur at a mansion in Phuket Town last Friday.

The arrest follows a Thai woman, the owner of a language school in Phuket, filing a report to the Thalang Police that a suspect used a fake Facebook and LINE account and claimed that he was an American man who had worked in Syria.

He told the woman that he will send a security box which contained blank papers and a special liquid that would turn the blank paper into bank notes when she added the special liquid.

He claimed that the total money was 650,000 US dollar, about 20 million baht.

He said that the woman had to pay him an amount before he would send the security box. The victim had transferred money to the man’s bank account 10 times, a total of about 9 million baht.

Beware of magic bank notes!

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Russian ‘mafia’ suspect arrested in Phuket

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Russian ‘mafia’ suspect arrested in Phuket | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Siam Rath/Thai Immigration

A male Russian ‘mafia’ identity has been arrested in Chalong, wanted over a number of alleged offenses in his home country.

Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn says, “Officers have arrested a Russian man named Igor Tretiakov (spelt as ‘Ior’ on the Immigration poster), at an apartment in Chalong last Friday.”

“We were notified from the Russian Embassy about the man wanted over a number of ‘mafia’ style offenses in Russian. He was living in Thailand using a tourist visa.”

“He has threatened and extorted many people in Russian and then fled to Thailand. His visa will be revoked and he will be deported back to Russia to face charges.”

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