Mushroom pickers hurt by wild elephant

Mushroom pickers hurt by wild elephant

One of the two Myanmar men injured by a wild elephant in Kanchanaburi is helped into a pickup before being taken to hospital. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen)
One of the two Myanmar men injured by a wild elephant in Kanchanaburi is helped into a pickup before being taken to hospital. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen)

KANCHANABURI: Two Myanmar men were attacked and badly injured by a wild elephant in a forest in Pong Nam Ron area of Thong Pha Phum district on Tuesday night, Thong Pha Phum National Park officials said.

They had only sketchy details of the incident. Tun, 35, and Ngae, 60, had gone into the forest to pick mushrooms near Ban Rai in tambon Huay Khayeng.

They were returning home when they were attacked by an elephant.  

Both men were knocked to the ground. Mr Tun was stomped on the chest and Mr Ngae on one leg.

Park officials and a rescue unit arrived at the spot about 9.30pm. They first helped Mr Tun out of the forest and rushed him to Thong Pha Phum Hospital.

They returned to the forest and brought Mr Ngae out about 11.30pm. His left leg was broken and he was admitted to Phahon Phonphayuhasena Hospital in Muang district.

Thong Pha Phum National Park officials have warned people in the area to beware of wild elephants from Huay Khayeng and Ban Rai forests. Herds have been frequently sighted recently in the mountainous area, which borders Myanmar.



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