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BREAKING: Phuket Elephant stomps mahout to death

PHUKET: A mahout was crushed to death this morning in Phuket by his elephant.

Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 18 November 2014, 11:41AM

Watched by the elephant Por, once again chained, the mahout's body is taken away
Watched by the elephant Por, once again chained, the mahout's body is taken away

This is the second killing by an elephant in a week. Another mahout was killed in Phang Nga on Sunday (November 16). Two tourists aboard that elephant spent a tense 30 minutes before the elephant, hit by tranqilliser darts, calmed down enough for them to be taken off.

This latest incident took place at Phuchada Safari in Chalong. The dead mahout was named as Wittawat Salangan, 22, from Surin Province

Lt Col Jamroon Plaiduang of Chalong Police told The Phuket News that Mr Wittawat was drunk and annoyed the elephant, which picked him up in its trunk, flung him to the ground and then him.

The elephant, named Por, also 22 years old, had been chained because he was in musth, a condition in which male elephants can become unpredictable and aggressive, and are normally keept away from people and other elephants.


But the owners felt that he had been chained long enough and told Wittawat to release him and get him ready for work.

Somehow Wittawat infuriated the giant animal, leading him to attack.

No tourists were involved.



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chazwolf | 19 November 2014 - 07:51:22

Some good news then that a drunk mahoot abusing an Elephant had a good case of Karma! These little brain dead people abuse the Elephants on a daily basis and deserve to be dealt with the same kind of Karma! Well done to the Elephant!

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