Elephant kills its handler and flees with two tourists while being sexually arousedBy Mason White 5:39 PM November 19, 2014
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By: Wayne Morin
Police were called to catch an elephant that suddenly snapped and killed its handler.
The elephant trampled its handler in Bangkok, Thailand, and fled with the two tourists who were visiting from Russia.
A mother and her 9-year-old daughter were riding the elephant, police said.
Rescuers spotted the elephant about 1.8 miles away from the accident scene and used tranquilizers to get the animal to stop running in order to rescue the tourists who were clinging to its back, Lt. Col. Narong Laksanawimol said.
Police had to tie the elephant to a tree to get it under control. “It took about three hours for the elephant to calm down completely,” Narong said.
Police said that the animal began attacking its 60-year-old handler about 15 minutes after the start of what was supposed to be a scenic ride for tourists near a waterfall in the Phang Nga province. The handler’s crushed body was found in a creek.
According to the company, the male elephant had never attacked anyone since it began working for the tour company two years ago, adding that the animal was in musth, a state of aggressive sexual arousal.