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A Buri Ram man has been gored to death by a wild elephant in his tapioca plantation. The incident happened late yesterday (Wednesday). His wife told police she “played dead” to escape harm from the marauding elephants.
None Din Daeng police were informed that 26 year old Surasak Phijaranakhonburi had been fatally gored on his left side of his chest by an elephant’s tusk while he and his wife camped out in their plantation in Tambon Nong Bua.
The Nation reports that Surasak’s wife, 27 year old Sureerat Tabuangsri, told police that after their workers finished harvesting tapioca they decided to sleep in a mosquito net near their 10 wheel truck in the plantation so that her husband could spray pesticide the next morning. But they were woken up late on Wednesday night by three wild elephants that toppled their mosquito net, Sureerat said.
She said Surasak became frightened and got up and tried to run away but he stumbled and fell down and was killed by one of the elephants.
Sureerat said she wrapped herself in the mosquito net and laid still as if she was dead. She managed to hide by crawling under the truck and wait until the elephants moved on.
She checked and found that her husband had died and then called relatives and police.
SOURCE: The Nation