Four dogs chase away elephant that wandered onto a golf course

Five pet dogs chased away a wild elephant that wandered onto a golf course in Thailand.

The jumbo emerged from woodland and trudged onto the freshly-trimmed green in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand, on December 26.

However, the five pooches that live with a caretaker in a nearby hut spotted the elephant and bounded over.

Pictures taken by the worker show how the mutts yapped at the elephant to stop it from damaging the lawn.

The elephant then turned on its heels and trudged back into the jungle. It is believed to have been looking for food.

Local park ranger Amnat Norasin said the male elephant is 35-years-old and is named Pai Salick.

”This elephant is known for coming into people’s gardens and making a mess,” he said.

”The dogs live with a worker from the golf course and he has trained them to chase away elephants, so they have done their job.”

An estimated 2,000 elephants are living in the wild in Thailand and a similar number in captivity.  Male Asian elephants are rarely part of the herds and they roam alone through the deep jungle.

There is a conflict when they come in contact with humans who also use the area of 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).