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Scottish tourist killed by elephant in Samui

SURAT THANI: A Scottish man was killed and a mahout seriously injured by an elephant that went berserk during a trekking tour on Koh Samui yesterday (Feb 1).

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Tuesday 2 February 2016, 08:57AM


It was reported that the elephant had shown signs similar to being on musth prior to the inccident. Photo: Bangkok Post
It was reported that the elephant had shown signs similar to being on musth prior to the inccident. Photo: Bangkok Post

The 36-year-old tourist was riding the male elephant with his 16-year-old daughter in a forested area of tambon Bophut yesterday afternoon when, witnesses told police, Pamang, a Myanmar mahout, climbed down from 13-year-old Golf to take photos with the victim and his daughter.

Golf struck Pamang with his trunk and stabbed him in the torso with a tusk.

The pachyderm then rampaged, throwing the tourists off his back. He stomped the Scottish man and stabbed him in the chest with a tusk, killing him instantly. The elephant then ran into the forest. 

The man’s daughter sustained minor injuries from the fall.

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Witnesses said shortly before the attack Golf had appeared upset and would not follow Pamang’s instructions. The handler hit him with a hook several times and the elephant then obeyed him.         

Wongsiri Promchana, the Surat Thani governor, said a mahout at Island Safari Tour Co, which operated the trekking tour, said Golf had shown signs similar to being on musth two days ago and the hot weather during the ride today may have upset the jumbo.

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Christy K. Sweet | 03 February 2016 - 07:21:00

Anyone who pays for these rides or to have a pic taken with tigers is supporting animal  abuse.

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Richard Vickers | 02 February 2016 - 21:57:46

I feel very sorry for the poor tourist and his daughter that had to see this chaos unfold. Unfortunately, the elephant got the wrong person, and only half finished the job on the person that actually had it coming. Both statements below ring true...the violence doled out to these poor creatures is hateful and wrong, and the greed of these elephant trekking people is the main reason this happened... because the elephant abuser wanted more money more than he wanted to give the elephant a little time out.

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Kurt | 02 February 2016 - 12:16:00

Simple solution ( it does not even ask thai to try to think), just don't use male elephants for this kind of tourist work. 
Nice job for TAT to handle quickly, in order to save tourist.

To often these problems with male elephants in Thailand.
Thai authorities are to passive, they not handle this well known thai problem.

Owners of male elephants know very well when their male elephants are in/around their Must period, with a great chance the animal goes berserk.

Again a case of just thai thinking of making money out of the tourists, and no open eye for foreign tourist safety.

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Seaturtle55 | 02 February 2016 - 10:01:29

R.I.P. and condolences to his family and loved ones.  The surprise to me, though, is not that it happened, but that it doesn't happen more often!  Trained through the violence method of the "Crush", when anger overcomes fear, the violence is to be expected!!

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