Another rubber tapper killed by wild elephant in Chonburi

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A wild elephant in musth killed a rubber tapper, the third such worker killed by jumbos since September.

A rubber tapper died after being attacked by a wild elephant in Chonburi, the third such worker killed by jumbos since September.

Durian Suwannachet, 54, was crushed to death Nov. 12 in Tat Thong of Bo Thong District.



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Daughter Suneerat Thongyam, 35, said her parents tap trees for latex in the evenings. Her father saw the bull and escaped, but her mother didn’t see it until it was too late.

She believes the killer elephant was the same one that chased her father recently, an episode captured on video.

Somjit Hapol, a member of Bo Thong Municipal Council, said he saw the jumbo crossing the road after the attack. The male elephant was believed to be in musth, the breeding period when bulls become overly aggressive.

Police forensic officers inspect the scene and collect the deceased woman’s body.




Chonburi’s body-snatchers take away the woman’s remains.

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Daughter Suneerat Thongyam believes the killer elephant was the same one that chased her father recently, an episode captured on video.