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Italian tourist seriously injured in goring by bull elephant at private Phang-Nga park

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Italian tourist seriously injured in goring by bull elephant at private Phang-Nga park

By Anothai Ngandee 
The Nation

 

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A 29-year-old Italian tourist was seriously injured on Tuesday when the 12-year-old male elephant he and a friend were riding as part of a tourist activity in Phang-Nga’s Mueang district suddenly shook them to the ground and gored him in the stomach.

 

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The incident took place at 10.30am at an old oil-palm plantation in Tambon Song Praek that had been turned into a private park for elephant riding, said Song Praek kamnan Boonrong Jaroonsawatchai.

 

Trofa Manuel sustained a serious injury in the incident, while his compatriot Francesco Di Megli, 31, was slightly injured.

 

Both were rushed to Phang-Nga Hospital, where they were recovering from their injuries as of press time.

 

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Mahout Kanchanapong Kanwichit, 26, who sustained some bruising after falling from the elephant but sought no treatment, told police that his bull elephant, named Plai Thanwa, had attacked the tourists towards the end of a 30-minute ride in an assault that that had been totally unprovoked. 

 

He said the elephant had suddenly and violently shaken off the riders, before stabbing a tusk into one of the tourists. 

 

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It was unusual and out-of-character behaviour, as Plai Thanwa – now chained in a safe, secluded spot at the park – was normally good-natured and had never attack anyone before, and was not currently in rut, Kanchanapong added.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30364419

 

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11 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Plai Thanwa, had attacked the tourists towards the end of a 30-minute ride in an assault that that had been totally unprovoked.

I'd bet 'unprovoked' doesn't mean the same thing to the elephant as to the driver. 

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Mahout charged after Italian tourists injured from elephant attack

By Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

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A mahout has been charged after an elephant attacked an Italian tourist in Phang Nga yesterday. Phang Nga livestock officials say the elephant was too young for elephant rides.

 

A 29 year old Italian tourist, and his 31 year old travel companion, remain in Phang Nga hospital this morning following the elephant attack yesterday.

 

Chief of Phang Nga Livestock Saroj Jittakarn says, “The elephant has not reached maturity where it fully capable of carrying passengers. The incident happened as the elephant is not familiar with elephant rides with tourists. This incident is an indication of the risks involved.”

 

Full story: https://thethaiger.com/news/phang-nga/mahout-charged-after-italian-tourists-injured-from-elephant-attack

 

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Mahout charged after Italian tourists injured from elephant attack
By Kritsada Mueanhawong
 
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A mahout has been charged after an elephant attacked an Italian tourist in Phang Nga yesterday. Phang Nga livestock officials say the elephant was too young for elephant rides.
 
A 29 year old Italian tourist, and his 31 year old travel companion, remain in Phang Nga hospital this morning following the elephant attack yesterday.
 
Chief of Phang Nga Livestock Saroj Jittakarn says, “The elephant has not reached maturity where it fully capable of carrying passengers. The incident happened as the elephant is not familiar with elephant rides with tourists. This incident is an indication of the risks involved.”
 
Full story: https://thethaiger.com/news/phang-nga/mahout-charged-after-italian-tourists-injured-from-elephant-attack
 
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'Capable of carrying passengers '.
Brilliant!

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If the bull elephant was in a randy musk phase, the tourist was fortunate only to have been impaled on its tusk. . . 

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why do people get so upset about humans riding 3ton+ elephants?

Should we not ride camels and horses as well... they are considerably smaller? 🤔

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That must have been a very traumatic experience for the elephant. 

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