Elephant kills man at Thai beachside restaurant

Koh Samed beach, Rayong.

Koh Samed beach, Rayong. Image by Sergey / CC BY-SA 2.0

An elephant has killed a Thai man and injured his colleague as the pair were eating dinner at a beachside restaurant in the eastern Thai city of Rayong. The men were reportedly talking to the mahout (elephant keeper) about buying food for the pachyderm when it suddenly stabbed the man in the chest with its tusk and kicked the other. The mahout has since been charged with several offences, including violating animal welfare legislation. Mahouts are banned from bringing their elephants into cities but incidents of mahouts using the animals as a tool for begging are not uncommon. Read more: straitstimes.com

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