Incredible images have emerged of a four-ton elephant being chased away by a domestic cat.
The 35-year-old elephant, known as Pai Salick, can be seen in the cat owner’s garden before being confronted by the three-year-old cat named Simba.
Instead of escaping from the huge beast – capable of killing a human with a single step – the cat is seen coming straight to him.
Frightened by the cat’s seemingly unshakable intention to guard its owner’s yard, Pai is captured as he turns and flees with an empty trunk.
Residents said the elephant is a “nuisance” known for trampling people’s gardens in search of food.
Local park ranger Amnat Norasin said: “The elephant lives in the forest, but it often walks around the houses at night for food. People know who he is.
“The home owner said his cat is aggressive and dislikes other animals entering his territory.”
In Thailand, an estimated 2,000 elephants live in the wild and a similar number in captivity. In the wild, they roam the deep jungle and the country’s protected national parks.
However, there is a conflict when they come into contact with people who also use the field of agriculture and gather food.
Elephants are a protected animal in Thailand and are subject to a maximum jail term of up to three years and a fine of 1,000 baht (£ 25).