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Young monk killed by wild elephant while meditating

Caitlin Ashworth



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A young Buddhist monk was found dead on a mountain in the Northern province Kamphaeng Phet. Reports say the 21 year old was killed by a wild elephant while he was meditating.

The monk walks down the mountain everyday at 6am to receive his daily alms, according to the village headman Kraiwan Nontibut in the Saeka district. When the monk didn’t show up, Kraiwan and villagers searched for him and found him dead with serious injuries that appeared to be caused by an elephant.

“He did not show up this morning , so I walked up the mountain… I was shocked to find him dead.”

SOURCE: Thai Residents


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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, November 30, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    I read that elephant sometimes go a little crazy due it their mating cycle.
    George Orwell while a police man in Burma had to shoot one.

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      Steven Manske

      Monday, November 30, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      This isn’t the first attack. Several rubber farmers have been attacked or killed recently. They blame the mating cycle.

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      Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 3:55 am

      George Orwell shot the crazed elephant, because it was drunk from eating fermented fruit. This incident is rare, and mysterious, the sangha will have a lot to think about in their ceremonial funerary rites.

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        Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 8:32 pm

        Sorry…the incident happened in northern Isaan in Buenggaan province, in the Phu Wua Nationalpark.i lived there and people get regularly killed, especially in the rubbertree orchards.

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    Monday, November 30, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    An acquaintance of a colleague of mine was stomped to death by a mother elephant when she approached her calf too closely (believe it was somewhere in Prachuap Khiri Khan). There seems to be a motherly protective instinct that runs deep.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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