A Chinese tour guide was killed by an elephant following a case of “a tourist behaving badly” enraged an elephant at a Pattaya camp.
The 17-year-old male elephant named Uthen was carrying two tourists on its back near a group of other tourists. One of the tourists on the ground pulled the elephant’s tail causing it to charged, reported Siam Chon News.
Mr He Yongjie, 43, a tour guide leader, was trying to get his clients clear of the elephant following the incident, but was accidentally kicked by the animal. He died at the scene and his body covered with a white cloth.
During the incident, one tourist was tossed from the elephant, while the other was able to hold on before mahout, U Rungram, managed to calm the elephant. Two other people involved in the melée were taken to the hospital.
Sakda, in charge of safety at the Sam Liam Thong Kham (Golden Triangle) Camp, said workers had tried to get the tourists on the ground to safety but, in the confusion, everyone had run in different directions. The mahout blamed one of the tourists saying that by pulling the tail of the elephant, it had naturally become enraged.
Huay Yai police are continuing their investigation.
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