Firefighters flee up tree after coming across wild elephants in Omkoi

Firefighters in Omkoi last week had a scare after they came across wild elephants.

The firefighters were in the area patrolling for fires when they came across a small herd of elephants. Fearing for their safety, the fled up a nearby tree and stayed there until the elephants departed after eating.

Omkoi, in the south of Chiang Mai Province, is the home of the Omkoi Wildlife Sanctuary which has a number of rare and endangered species including Asian elephants. That said, stumbling across wild elephants in the park is not that common as it has a small population.

The firefighters were in the area as part of efforts to combat constant burning across the province by villagers starting fires to improve hed thob mushroom harvests.

Photo: @mike_chiangmai