This is the incredible moment an elephant holds up traffic by taking a nap across the road.
Motorist Nattawat Patsungsing, 57, was made late for work when the stubborn beast continued to lie for about 20 minutes in Nakhon Ratchasima, northeastern Thailand.
Mr. Patsungsing, who filmed the magnificent Indian elephant from his car, had to stop and be silent to avoid spooking the creature into charging.
An elephant called Nga-Thong holds up traffic by taking a nap across the road in Nakhon Ratchasima, northeastern Thailand
The footage starts with Mr. Patsungsing slowly driving towards the elephant.
After he zooms in, the animal can be seen moving its legs and flapping its ears while in a deep sleep.
Eventually, the elephant kicks up its legs and stands up.
It stares at Mr. Patsungsing as he slowly reverses away.
Mr. Patsungsing says: ‘Oh boy…you’re taking the entire road. Can you please move, little boy? I have to go to work.’
He is also heard calling the elephant ‘sir’ as it remained perfectly still.
Motorist Nattawat Patsungsing, 57, was made late for work by the stubborn beast who lay in the road for about 20 minutes. Eventually, he kicks his legs and stands up
Speaking after, the driver said wildlife officials had told him in the area that the troublesome elephant was named Nga-Thong – which means ‘golden ivory’ in Thai.
The beast often lies on the concrete road for warmth, officials said.
Once Nga-Thong stands up, he stares at Mr. Patsungsing as he slowly reverses away. Wildlife officials said the elephant often lies on the concrete road for warmth
Mr. Patsungsing added: ‘Nga-Thong doesn’t like to reveal himself when the road is busy with cars and loud buses, so most of the time it’s national park officers who see him. They said he’s very shy.
‘I was waiting about twenty minutes until he finally got up. I was late for my shift at work that day, but I was happy to see him so close.’