Hungry elephant strolls over to Korean BBQ after smelling grilled pork

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This is the shocking moment a wild elephant strolled over to a Korean BBQ restaurant after smelling grilled pork.

Locals were happily tucking into the meat when the jumbo emerged from the forest in Nakhon Nayok province, Thailand, on Monday evening (Jan 18).

The female elephant, named Sarika, slowly crossed the road and walked past the parked motorcycles before heading straight to the eatery.

Terrified diners fled their tables when the jumbo was seen approaching while the others were amused to watch the animal sniffing out the barbecued meat.

Restaurant owner Jinwimol Mahasap said: ‘The elephants are harmless. This one is called Sarika and she did not take food that day but it can’t resist the smell of our delicious food. She loves to vist us.’

Jinwimol added that the elephants would often hide at the back of the stall where it’s darker whenever there are many customers.

He said: ‘They would look for a dark place to hide without hurting anyone. There are fruit shrubs at the back which they eat.’

The shy elephant eventually left the place and returned to the forest without damaging the restaurant.

An estimated 2,000 elephants are living in the wild in Thailand and a similar number in captivity, where they live in sanctuaries, zoos or work privately for hire at weddings and festivals.

In the wild, there is a conflict when they come in contact with humans who also use the area for farming and gathering food.

Elephants are a protected animal in Thailand and killing them carries a maximum prison term of up to three years and a fine of 1,000 baht (25GBP).