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A wild elephant kills 80 year old camper in Khao Yai




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A wild elephant killed an 80 year old man camping in Khao Yai National Park early this morning. Park officials believe the bull elephant was in musth, which is when the elephant has rise in reproductive hormones and becomes aggressive.

80 year old Prayot Jitbun was sleeping in his tent when the elephant attacked. Other nearby campers alerted park officials saying the elephant had walked around the Prayot’s car before becoming angry and stomping on his tent, then throwing the man into a tree.

Fresh fruit was inside the man’s car and park officials believe the smell of the fruit attracted the elephant. Park officials suspect the animal became angry and attacked when it couldn’t reach the fruit.

The wild elephant, known as “Phlai Due” had been fitted with a tracking collar earlier this month. The officials say this is the first person attacked by an elephant in the park this year and ensure it won’t happen again.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Another death for covid. RIP.

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    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 7:20 am

    80 year old man camping at a national park…strange story to say the least

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    toby andrews

    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Much as I like elephants, they should put down any that kill a human.
    This elephant is dangerous and is likely to do the same again.

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      LEE HAI

      Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 2:21 am

      Dear Toby, to me it too often seems to be a case of the kettle calling the pot black.
      Why? For the good reason that it isn’t brain surgery to see and understand that ‘people’
      are in general the most distructive invasive species on planet Earth, hands down. We are
      such self entitled vindictive hairless monkeys…..

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    Daniel Roush

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    The park officials ensure it won’t happen again……?????? Have they asked the Elephant about that?

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