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Phang Nga mahout killed by elephant

PHUKET: A 32-year-old mahout has been gored to death in Phang Nga by an elephant that livestock officers say went into a frenzy from hot weather.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 18 August 2022, 09:15AM

Photo: Kitti Wongratanawut

Photo: Kitti Wongratanawut

Lt Col Sorasak Chandee of the Takua Thung Police was called to the scene, a rubber plantation in 3 Baan Nai Yan in Moo 3, Tambon Tha Yu, at 11:30am yesterday (Aug 17).

At the scene, rescue workers and medical staff found the body of Supachai Wongtwin, 32, who had been repeatedly gored to death.

Mr Supachai was the son of Thaworn ‘Kaduan’ Wongtwin, former Chief of the Khok Charoen Tambon Administrative Organisation in Thap Put District.

Mr Supachai had brought the elephant, 20-year-old Pong Paeng, to the plantation to haul rubber wood, police reported.

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However, very hot weather in the morning had caused the elephant to go into a frenzy, using its tusks to attack Mr Supachai, they added.

Livestock officers found Pong Pang some 500 metres from where Mr suchai’s body was found, and used tranquiliser darts to sedate the elephant.

Mr Supachai’s body was recovered in order for funeral arrangements to be made, and the elephant was taken into care.

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Kurt | 18 August 2022 - 12:56:49

Undoubtful a case of a elephant, who didn't liked to be poked any longer with a iron hook , and didn't feel to work under heat condition. What was the last time Pong Paeng had a water bath and was unchained? Pong Paeng doesn't know his own strenght, he/she just had enough, and 'expressed' that. It is surprising that elephants in 'Thai hands' take such long timemistreatm...

Capricornball | 18 August 2022 - 12:01:00

Ummm... OK, hot weather frenzy. I'm sure it had nothing to do with any form of mistreatment by Khun Mahout, as we all know their reputation as kind, animal loving wildlife stewards, even if they do carry  what look like ice hatchets and brass knuckle-looking things with sharp points on it. My prayers go to the elephant that has been "taken into care", whatever that means.

JohnC | 18 August 2022 - 10:24:41

Hot weather the cause of this?? Are they for real!!  The poor animal was probably totally fed up with him sitting on it's head hitting it and kicking it constantly like they always do. Free them all!


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