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Man Trampled to Death by Wild Elephants in Western Thailand

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KANCHANABURI – A Thai man hunting for wild mushrooms in Salak Phra Wildlife Sanctuary in western Thailand was trampled to death by wild elephants on Sunday.

Prasan Thongdonmuen, 42, and two friends went into Salak Phra Wildlife Sanctuary in Sri Sawat district on Sunday, Suriya Kaewdamrong, the Sri Sawat deputy police chief, said.

One of Prasan’s his companions told police that while searching for mushrooms they accidentally disturbed a herd of elephants. All three turned and fled. He and his friend lost track of Prasan and later returned along the track, looking for him. Instead, they found his body.

Rescuers cart the body of Prasan Thongdonmuen out of Salak Phra Wildlife Sanctuary in Sri Sawat district of Kanchanaburi province after he was killed by elephants on Sunday. – Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen

Pol Col Suriya said Prasan’s body was severely crushed, suffering major trauma. The body was sent to Tha Kradan Hospital for postmortem examination.

Prasan was the second recent victim of wild elephants in that area. Kamolchai Chanthawong, 54, was killed on Oct 15 while collecting wild plants.

According to wildlife sanctuary officials, about 30 wild elephants live in the area.

By Piyarach Chongcharoen
Bangkok Post