The tourist tried to take a picture of the animal.
In Thailand on Koh Chang (Ko Chang) tourist elephant trampled to death a German tourist who took pictures of him. About it tourists eyewitnesses told RIA Novosti.
The incident occurred in the “elephant village” in the second half of the day on Thursday.
“He ended the tour, everything is already off the elephants. Guys from Russia, who was riding on the first elephant, has safely got off, and suddenly the elephant went berserk and attacked the German tourist who took pictures of him. The elephant trampled to death a German in front of everyone”, – eyewitnesses told.
“The second elephant on which we sat, frightened and began to kick and stand on their hind legs, and then ran. The conductor, who since his tears, shouted to us that we immediately jumped. We jumped. I was lucky, I landed on the grass, and her husband jump when touched the bench on which we are before it was sitting on the back of an elephant. This bench was hanging on the side of the elephant from side to side and very hard hit her husband in the ribs. It is also fortunate that the husband, after the blow fell in the grass. If the elephant had carried him a few meters, there has begun the stones, and then the bruised ribs would not get away with it”, – said Russian tourist Tatiana.
The man was taken to hospital from the scene with severe injuries and suspected broken ribs. X-ray examination revealed no fractures, but the doctors prescribed another study in a week, as some days may appear cracked or hidden fractures, which are not visible in photographs taken immediately after the incident, she said.
She has added that, in her opinion, the blame for the tragedy, the owners of ivory the village and guides of the elephants.
“It is or ill-treatment with the elephants, or something else is to blame people. Couldn’t the elephant just attack the person, not the case with animals such malicious intent,” said Tatiana.