Tourist killed by an elephant in Thailand


Wanting to ride an elephant in Thailand when on vacation? If your destination is Krabi or Phang Nga think again. A trip to Thailand ended with a deadly elephant ride in the Thai resort town of Samui for a tourist from Scotland. He was riding an elephant on a tour together with his 16 year old step-daughter.

Thai news reports said the elephant became enraged after its trainer, known as a mahout, climbed off to take a picture of the tourists. Police think hot weather may have disturbed the 13-year-old elephant.

He was gored to death on Monday by this elephant when the animal threw Gareth Crowe and Eilidh Hughes to the ground during a trek on Monday. The elephant then gored Crowe with his tusk.

The mahout, who is from Myanmar, was also gored and Hughes was injured from her fall. Both were hospitalized.

The elephant was shot with a tranquilizer dart and had been taken back to the corral of its trekking company owners, Island Safari, where it was attended to by its usual caretakers and showered constantly to cool off while remaining chained.

The elephant, dubbed Rambo but also called by the nickname Golf, will take a 15-day break from work and then be moved to another branch of the trekking company in either Krabi or Phang Nga.