North East

Buriram villager killed by rampaging wild elephant

by Surachai Piraksa

A 37 year old man from a village in Buriram province has been stomped to death by a wild elephant early today in Tambon Lam Nang Rong.

Following the discovery of his dead body at 6am in a rubber plantation, police and rescue workers, along with a medical examiner, went to inspect the scene.

They found the dead body of Suwat Wongwiset near his bicycle amid some elephant footprints and several broken banana trees.

It was suspected that a male wild elephant with a single tusk, which roamed near the Dong Yai wildlife sanctuary and had fatally attacked some villagers before, was responsible for this latest death.

Police speculate that the elephant, driven out of forestland by drought and food shortage due to the sanctuary’s increasing elephant population, had started to intrude on farmland and Suwat happened to run into it, leading to fatal attack.

Buriram villager killed by rampaging wild elephant | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: The Nation

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