Kata Rocks
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Australian tourist, 62, attacked by baby elephant in Phuket

Australian tourist, 62, attacked by baby elephant in Phuket

PHUKET: An Australian tourist is currently being treated at Bangkok Hospital Phuket after being attacked by an elephant on Mai Khao Beach on Monday (Oct 31).

accidentsanimalspolicetourism
By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Friday 4 November 2016, 12:11PM


The elephant, named Namwan, is the same elephant seized at the “Mai Khao Mart”, near Mai Khao Plaza at the northern end of Phuket, on Aug 3 following a tip-off from undercover police that he was being used by touts to charge tourists money to have their photo taken with the iconic animal. (See story here.)

In addition, Col Prawit Sutthirueangarun Chief of Tha Chatchai Police Station told The Phuket News today (Nov 4) that he believes the incident should never have happened as Namwan should have been moved from the island after it was seized by officials on Aug 3.

Col Prawit said, “Australian tourist Chan Young Yun, 62, was walking at Mai Khao Plaza at 9:15am on October 31 when he saw an elephant nearby chained to a coconut tree. He went close to the elephant as he wanted to take a photo.

“Suddenly the elephant used its trunk to hit Mr Chan many times which is what caused his injuries. He was taken to hospital, and at 5pm on Nov 1 one of Mr Chan’s relatives came to the police station to make a record the incident,” he said.

“We found out from his relative that Mr Chan sustained injuries to both sides of his rib cage and also his back. He also has blood in right lung so he is being closely monitored by doctors at Bangkok Hospital Phuket,” he added.

Col Prawit went on to say that he believes that Namwan’s mahout had left him chained to the tree as a tourist attraction. However, he added that after being seized by the livestock department on Aug 3 the elephant should not have even been on the island.

Zest Real Estate

After Namwan was seized by the Phuket Livestack Office on Aug 3 his mahout had to keep him in a locked enclosure for 30 days, after the 30 days expired the Livestock Office should have transferred Namwan off of the island.

“Tha Chatchai police repeatedly called the Phuket Livestock Office to have them transfer Namwan out of Phuket, they never did. If he had been transferred like he was supposed to have been then this incident would never have happened,” he said.

The Mai Khao Local Administration Office (OrBorTor) Chief Sarawut Srisakukam said, “When I was last updated on the situation I was told that the tourist is recovering at Bangkok Hospital.

“After I found out about the incident I informed the Phuket Livestock Office to take care of this elephant as it is their responsibility,” he said.

When The Phuket News tried to call Surajit Witchuwan, Chief of Phuket Provincial Livestock Office today his phone was switched off.

However, The Phuket News has learned that the Phuket Livestock Office transported Namwan to the Noppring district of Phang Nga by six-wheeler truck on Nov 2.  

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Kurt | 04 November 2016 - 12:38:53

So, this baby elephant was kept 3 month illegal on Phuket island, just chained all the time?
No wonder a intelligent baby elephant get finally annoyed, angry and aggressive without his elephant mother to keep him behaving, as it normally happens.
All the fault/responsibility of Phuket Livestock Office who kept the poor young animal 3 months illegal in chains.
Chained as a tourist attraction, ye...

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Powerful motorcycles to face tougher regulations

What a joke !!! Try improving your stupid & what appear to non existent helmet laws in the first...(Read More)


Japan resumes commercial whaling for first time in 30 years

Long Live The Japanese Whaling Industry ! Greens Cost Jobs & The Only True Wilderness is Betwe...(Read More)


Police begin hunt for foreign man over attacking dog

Agree this is not on. The poor animal can't be blamed for doing what comes naturally. But the pu...(Read More)


Police begin hunt for foreign man over attacking dog

freaking out people running around angry with long knife or any other weapon should not be accepted....(Read More)


Police begin hunt for foreign man over attacking dog

I would like to volunteer,-giving this deranged POS exactly the same treatment !...(Read More)


Running Empty: Water officials to splash B277mn on private sources as reservoirs fail to fill

A lot of water contract talks ( including 30% arrangements?). However, that will not grand Phuket wa...(Read More)


Running Empty: Water officials to splash B277mn on private sources as reservoirs fail to fill

Bang Wad water reservoir is ready for making it a beginners drive for golf players. The grass just n...(Read More)


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Second Phuket water crisis? ’Peace walk’ monk returns! Dangerously sweet! || July 12

No, not a second water crisis. Phuket still remains in it's 'first' water crisis, as not...(Read More)


Surin Beach’s temporary lifeguards on hold until further notice

This article shows plainly that as long Cherng Talay Tambon Administration not gets a good Chief/May...(Read More)


After Phuket student killed by electrocution, officials assure public park areas are safe

The PEA always insist that the neutral wire be earthed at the breaker, that way any leakage will tri...(Read More)