|Residents stand near a tree house in the Kyauk Ye village on the outskirts|
of Yangon on January 14, 2016 (AFP Photo/Ye Aung Thu)
Taik Kyi (Myanmar) (AFP) - Pushed from their forest home by encroaching farm land, wild elephants are driving fearful villagers in a Myanmar township to seek refuge in tree houses while the animals storm their rice paddies looking for food.
A man climbs up to a tree house in Taik Kyi village on the outskirts of
Yangon on January 14, 2016 (AFP Photo/Ye Aung Thu)
Myanmar's population of wild Asian elephants is thought to be one of the largest in the region, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
Wild elephants are driving fearful villagers in a Myanmar township to seek
refuge in tree houses (AFP Photo/Ye Aung Thu)
But the endangered species is increasingly threatened by habitat loss, a thirst for ivory, and traffickers who smuggle the animals into Thailand for the tourist industry.