A 20-year-old male elephant stabbed its handler with its tusks in southern Thailand last week, tearing his body in half, according to a report.
The body of 32-year-old Supachai Wongfaed was found in a pool of blood after police responded to a rubber plantation in the Phang Nga province, Thailand news outlet the Thaiger reported.
A male Asian elephant attacked its handler in southern Thailand. Police said the hot weather may have made the animal “go crazy” and attack the man.
Officers had to sedate the elephant with a dart from over 1,600 feet away so that Supachai’s body could be recovered, according to the report.
Despite being banned in Thailand in 1989, the practice of using Asian elephants to carry logs still occurs in some parts of the country.
“This is yet another stark reminder that Asian elephants are and always remain wild animals that can attack and kill when they are abused or overly stressed by humans,” Duncan McNair, CEO of the charity Save The Asian Elephants, told Newsweek
For more on this story, please consider these sources:
- Elephant rips handler in half in Thailand after working in extreme heat: report – New York Post
- Hot Weather May Have Caused Elephant to Stab Its Trainer to Death, Police Say – VICE
- Elephant stabs handler with tusks then rips them in half after being given heavy workload in extreme heat – LADbible
- An Elephant Tears His Handler in Half for Making Him Haul Wood on a Hot Day – Barstool Sports