Man gored to death by elephant

Man gored to death by elephant

An elephant killed a 28-year-old Thai man and injured his colleague as they were having dinner at a beach side restaurant in eastern Thailand.

The telecoms employee died in hospital after the elephant goredhim with its tusk as he was eating with a fellow worker in the coastal city of Rayong late on Monday, AFP reported.

"They were talking to the mahout (elephant keeper) about buying food for the elephant when it suddenly stabbed one man in the chest with its tusk and kicked the other," police Lieutenant Thawat Nongsingha said.

The telecoms worker died on Tuesday while his 30-year-old colleague remains in hospital.

The mahout has been charged with offences including violating animal welfare legislation and negligence causing death, Mr Thawat said.

He said the mahout had been released from custody and the elephant was still under his care.

This article was first published on June 18, 2015.
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