Mahout dies after being attacked by elephant in Phang Nga


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.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.