Thailand: Elephant Rips handler cut in half after ‘going insane’

  • A male elephant tore his owner in half after impaling him with his tusks, Thai police said, per MailOnline.
  • The elephant went “crazy” after being forced to haul wood in the summer heat for four days, police said.
  • Despite a 1989 ban, elephants are still used to carry logs in parts of Thailand.

A male elephant tore his handler in half after being forced to haul wood in hot weather, Thai police said. by mail online.

The 20-year-old elephant named Pom Pam stabbed Supachai Wongfaed, 33, several times with his tusks last Wednesday, MailOnline reported.

Pom Pam then tore Wongfaed in half, leaving a pool of blood in his wake, police said, MailOnline said.

The red outline shows Phang-nga, Thailand

The area outlined in red, highlighted by an arrow, shows Phang-nga, Thailand.

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Police said the elephant had “gone mad” after four days of hauling timber from a rubber plantation in Phang Nga, southern Thailand, according to media. On the day of the attack, temperatures reached 89.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

“The elephant was aggressive when we found it,” Takua Thung Police Lt. Col. Sorasak Chandee said, according to MailOnline. “We suspect it was irritated and attacked its caretaker,” Chandee added.

Volunteers and ranchers found Pom Pam about 500 meters from Wongfaed’s body after the attack. They then shot the elephant with a tranquilizer dart and arranged transport to a rehabilitation facility, MailOnine reported.

Last month, an elephant attacked its handler at another rubber plantation in Chawang district, also in southern Thailand, after being forced to carry heavy logs, the authorities said Bangkok Post.

log elephants

A 1999 photo shows elephants logging in Chiang Dao North, Thailand.

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Asian elephants, an endangered species, weigh between 6,000 and 12,000 pounds. They are still used to transport logs in parts of Thailand, although the practice was banned in 1989.

Elephants have been sold to the illegal logging industry during the COVID-19 pandemic because a significant drop in tourism made feeding the captive animals unaffordable. BBC News reports.

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