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12 August 2009 :: 17:08:12 pm 33102

Two Elephants Die And One Injured Through Human Negligence

Pattaya, August 12,[PDN]:On the evening of 10th August 2009, a 191 call was received at the Chonburi police centre with information that a young elephant had been electrocuted near a local gymnasium by the park.
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On arrival at the scene, police found a 5 year old female elephant lying on her side, at the entrance of a small lane. Her keeper, Mr. Kuntinun Sala ng-am, (37), was at her side, tearfully rubbing her head while many onlookers all visibly upset, had gathered round the sad scene. 

Mr. Kuntinun told police, he had been walking his elephant Miss Paweena, in the same area almost every day for over a month to beg for food. However, on this particular day, as they walked along the same route, he realized the road had a new layer of concrete, but there were no warning signs that the road was under construction. He continued by saying when he and Paweena arrived at the spot, he heard her cry out loud before she fell to the ground. He ran over to her and as he reached out to touch her, he felt the electric current running through her body. Witnesses called the rescue team and 191 but sadly Paweena had already died with a bag of sugar cane still hanging from her mouth. 

The road, which is under construction with the Siwapong Engineer Company, has a budget of 267.000 baht and is due to be completed by the 28th August. Unfortunately, there were no warning signs of danger for people passing. Police found a pipe and electric cables protruding from the ground which they believe killed the young elephant when she stood on it.

Mr. Chuanchom of the Chonburi elephant autopsy department said, Pung Paweena belonged to Mr. Mar Jongjai ngahm, from Surin, the same owner of a 10 year old female Pung Kumlai, who had recently died (29th May) by being thrown from a runaway truck, when the brakes failed tipping over and throwing Pun Kumlai to the ground, breaking both of her front legs. She later died at the Elephant Hospital. 

Paweena’s body was taken back to her home at 42 Moo. 13, Krapone, Tahtoom, Surin province. 

At 6.27 pm, on 11st August, at the elephant graveyard, Pah arjieng temple, Surin, a large crowd of local mourners and the relatives of Mr. Kuntipon waited for the arrival of Paweena’s body. 

Mr. Kuntipon filed his case at the police station and asked for 700.000- 800.000 baht for the life of his elephant whom he claimed as being a human friend. He also added that the government should pay more attention to the poor elephants which are rejected or on the waiting list for joining the elephant center, due to the lack of government funding. 

Mr. Kuntinum stated that Surin elephants deserve to be taken care of as well as the ChiangMai elephants and Pandas. He also thanked the people of Chonburi who donated money for taking Paweena?s body home. 


The second elephant, that died on the same day, belonged to the University Elephant Subject Division. Plai Ekchai, aged 29 years was tethered by a chain in the elephant area of the grounds. It is assumed he freed himself and wandered over to an area of fresh grass and as he reached out, he pulled an electric wire, putting it into his mouth. 

His body was later found with burn marks to his mouth and trunk. His funeral was held at the same grave yard on the same day. 

The third elephant, a 3 year old was walking on the road near Rayong Palace, with his keepers selling bananas and sugarcane.

Three men, walked the baby elephant Plai Pu, along the road, not noticing the old and rotting drain cover, when Plai Pu stepped on it and fell through the hole. The little elephant cried out pitifully while witnesses called 191 and the Rayong Rescue team for help.

The traffic came to a stand still causing a traffic jam around the area. The road construction department was cold to supply more light for the rescue team. Large road equipment had to be used to widen the drain as Plai Pu was wedged into a very narrow hole. However, the little elephant was saved though exuasted after being stuck for three hours.

More care is needed and irresponsible people held accountable if elephants are to be able to live out their lives as Buddah intended.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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