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Elephant kills wife, gores husband
« on: May 27, 2013, 03:39:32 PM »
A woman was fatally stomped and her husband gored and seriously injured by a male elephant at a kraal in Muang district of Ayutthaya province on Saturday.

A ritual is performed at Lae Paniad Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya province on Monday to saw off Plai Big’s tusks and free him from the spirit of Orn-uma Leksathan, who was stomped on Saturday. (Photo by Sunthon Pongpao)

Orn-uma Leksathan, a nurse at Wang Muang Hospital in Saraburi province, and her husband Narongsak were visiting Ayutthaya province on a family trip when the tragedy occurred.

Mrs Orn-uma reportedly offered some food to the elephant at Lae Paniad Elephant Kraal. The elephant grasped her hand with its trunk, pulled her toward the pole to which it was chained, and then stomped on her with his foot.

When her husband Narongsak rushed to help her, the elephant gored him in the right thigh and threw him into the air.

Family members took Mrs Orn-uma and her husband to Ayutthaya Hospital, where the nurse was later pronounced dead from massive injuries to her internal organs.

Mr Narongsak was also seriously injured.

Thongrian Meephan, the owner of Lae Panid Elephant Kraal, said the elephant that attacked the couple is a 27-year-old male weighing about 3 tonnes, with 1.5m long tusks, known as Plai Big.

The attack occurred in a restricted area behind the kraal where elephants are held after working hours. It happened shortly before dusk when no handlers were with the animals, he said.

Mr Thongrian believed Plai Big became frightened when he was approached and offered food. It would have been his instinct to protect his tusks, tail and handler, he added.

In light of the attack, he said, the ends of the elephant's tusks had been sawn off, reducing the length of each by about 20 centimetres, and a ritual had been performed to free him from the spirit of the dead woman. Plai Big would not work with the public again, Mr Thongrian added.

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