Surat Thani —
A cow elephant with a calf attacked and killed a village headman in Surat Thani province in southern Thailand on Sunday when the latter tried to push them back into the forest.
Mr. Samnao Kraiket, the head of Moo 11 village in the Khlong Pha sub-district of Tha Chana district, succumbed to his grievous injuries on the way to a hospital on October 22nd.
The ill-fated village chief or “Phuyaiban” in Thai language died after being attacked by a wild elephant. The attack left him with a crushed rib cage, a broken hip, and severe head injuries.
Surat Thani police reported that a herd of 9-11 wild elephants had entered an oil palm plantation at Thap Saming Khla in Moo 11 village, and started feeding and stripping the trees. The victim, Mr. Samnao, led a team entirely consisting of volunteers in an attempt to drive the animals out of the plantation and back into the forest.
However, Mr. Samnao was attacked by a cow elephant with a calf, leading to his passing. The elephants were eventually driven back into the forest.
According to local villagers, wild elephants often invade crops in the Khlong Pha and Prasong areas of Tha Chana district. Over the years, numerous people have been killed or injured by these animals.