Phang Nga –
A mahout, which is an elephant trainer, died, suffering horrific wounds to his torso, after being attacked by an elephant in Phang Nga.
Emergency responders were notified of the incident yesterday (August 17th) in Baan Nai Yan, Tha Yoo sub-district, Takua Thung district.
They arrived at the scene to find the body of Mr. Suppachai Wongfade, 32. He had suffered significant damage to his torso. He was the owner of the 20-year-old male elephant named Pong Pang.
The elephant was shot with anesthetic 500 meters from the scene by staffers from the Phang Nga Live Stock Office and another local mahout.
There were no witnesses to the event directly and it was unclear what had happened. Mr. Suppachai had reportedly been an experienced mahout and had been working with Pong Pang for many years. An investigation by the Live Stock Office would be conducted in conjunction with law enforcement officials following the incident.