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22 March 2014 :: 14:03:03 pm 83375

Pattaya Elephant Reeks Revenge On Rider

A female elephant named Jenny reeked revenge on a mahout (elephant rider). According to her own handler, the man would abuse and intimidate her when he got drunk. When Jenny returned from an outing, she saw her nemesis sweeping leaves, charged him, knocked him to the ground, and thrashed him with her trunk.
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PATTAYA – March 21, 2014 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 2.00 p.m.; the radio centre of Sawang Boriboon Tharmma Satharn Foundation, Pattaya city, was notified that a man had been assaulted by an elephant, injuring him severely. The incident occurred at the Pattaya elephant camp, address 48/120 Nong Mai Kaen road, Moo 7 Tambon Nong Prue, Amphur Banglamung Chonburi Province. The rescuers from the foundation went to the scene with an emergency car.

At the elephant camp the officers found the injured mahout, identified as Mr Somjit or In Jamrernyai, aged 46. He was lying on the ground, covered in bruises, with a broken right leg and ribs, with possible internal injuries. The rescuers did what they could for him, then sent him to Pattaya Memorial hospital for further treatment.

Upon questioning Mr Phairat Chaiyakham, aged 73, the owner of Pattaya elephant camp, he said that the elephant Jenny is an 18 year old female. She is considered one of the more intelligent elephants at the camp, with an excellent temperament. Her working day involved taking tourists on her back along a trail to show off the beautiful Thai scenery. Mr Somjit (the injured party) is a mahout, but his task was to look after another elephant named “Nuanjan”.

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Before the incident occurred, Mr Loon Suksri, aged 57, who is Jenny’s mahout, had taken an Australian woman along the trail. Once they had climbed off Jenny, she spied Mr Somjit and his wife sweeping leaves, at which point she attacked him. Mr Suksri hurried over to calm the elephant down, then rang for help, and subsequently sent him to hospital.

When questioned, Mr Suksri said that elephant Jenny had been working at the Pattaya elephant village for almost 1 year, and was always a well behaved and friendly elephant. The elephant started to grow wary of Mr Somjit, because whenever he got drunk he would berate and intimidate her for no reason.

Pol.Lt.Col. Winai Horean (Investigation officer of Nong Prue police station, Chonburi Province) has acknowledged the incident and will investigate any witnesses further in order to conclude the case.

Reporter : Samart   Photo : Samart   Category : Community News

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