Elephant Handler Ripped In Half After Heat Drives Animal "Crazy"

An elephant handler (known as a mahout) at a rubber plantation in Thailand has been killed after being ripped in half by an elephant - police say the heat made it "go crazy".

The elephant stabbed Supachai Wongfaed, 32, with its tusks before ripping him in half
The elephant stabbed Supachai Wongfaed, 32, with its tusks before ripping him in half

Authorities have claimed that the elephant became angry after its owner continued to make it transport rubberwood in the hot weather at a plantation in southern Thailand's Phang Nga province.


The 32-year-old handler Supachai Wongfaed was stabbed multiple times by the tusks of 20-year-old elephant Pom Pam, before being ripped in half, police said.


Emergency services attended the scene and shot the elephant with a sedative dart to allow rescue workers to retrieve the body of Wongfaed.



Officials said that they believed the hot weather made the elephant "go crazy", resulting in the attack on Mr Wongfaed.


Niki Rust, a scientist specializing in human and wildlife conflict disputed the claims made by police and said that elephants do not become more aggressive due to the heat.


Locals told police that they believed the elephant was stressed from being overworked at the plantation.


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