- An elephant in Thailand tramples and gores a British tourist to d***h
- The pachyderm, according to witnesses, was experiencing musth or a state of heightened aggressiveness
- Animal welfare organizations says elephants are not meant to be ridden
An elephant in Thailand that turned violent trampled and gored a British tourist in the chest with a tusk that resulted to the man’s instant d***h.
A 13-year-old elephant, called Golf, k****d 36-year-old Gareth Crowe in front of his 16-year-old daughter, Eilidh, during a trek on the popular resort island of Koh Samui.
Crowe, a diver by profession, and his daughter were riding on the elephant with the mohout (an elephant handler) identified as Pamang. According to a Time article written by Marc Rivett-Carnac that was published on February 1, 2016, Pamang climbed down from the animal to take pictures of the tourists when the massive elephant became agitated and gored Crowe in his torso with a tusk; causing serious injuries.
The pachyderm then tossed him and his daughter from its back, trampled Crowe before goring him with a tusk, killing him instantly. The elephant ran off into the forest; leaving Eilidh with minor injuries.
Witnesses said the elephant was showing signs of musth, a state of heightened aggressiveness, two days prior to the incident and was not following its handler’s instructions.
A local newspaper, the Samui Times, reported that Crowe had teased the elephant with a banana before it became agitated and attacked. Eilidh, who was treated at Samui International Hospital before being moved to Bangkok International Hospital on the island, took to social media and refuted the newspaper’s report.
PETA, a prominent animal rights group, said the incident is just one of the tragic reminders that elephants are not meant to be ridden.
“Although tragic, it should come as no surprise when elephants snap and attack. When tourists choose to partake in elephant rides, they not only support the cruelty that is entrenched in this industry, but also risk their own safety,” PETA senior campaigner Ashley Fruno said.
A spokesperson for the World Animal Protection, another non-profit animal welfare organization, said: “Elephants are cruelly abused to tame them enough so they give rides and perform in shows. Most tourists don’t know about these abuses, or the potential danger they put themselves in. If you can ride it, hug it or have a selfie with a wild animal, then the chances are it is cruel and the animal is suffering.”