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Thu Jan 23, 2014, 10:13 AM

Thai Police: U.S. Tourist Was Likely Killed by Elephants

Source: New York Times, AP

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS , JAN. 23, 2014, 8:54 A.M. E.S.T.

BANGKOK Park rangers in Thailand have found the body of an American tourist who was apparently trampled to death by elephants in a reserve outside Bangkok, police said Thursday.

The woman went missing Jan. 13 in Thailand's Kaeng Krachan National Park in the western province of Petchaburi, said police Col. Woradet Suanklaai.

She was found crumpled in the woods five days later, after a 70-person search team was deployed, and the severity of the injuries indicated she was likely trampled to death.

"Her arms, her wrists and other parts of the body were broken, so we assumed she was trampled by elephants because no humans could have caused such powerful damage to the body," Woradet said. Police sent the body to a forensic institute in the capital to determine the cause of death, he said.




Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/01/23/us/ap-as-travel-brief-thailand-tourist-death.html?hp&_r=0



This is like the people that want to get real close to one of the water falls in Yellowstone Park and somehow they fall in. The story says she left her campgrounds and went looking to take some pictures. I guess she frightened them. I wonder if this will keep others from doing the same thing. I doubt it.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 10:18 AM

1. Or the tourist walking up to buffalo

Every summer someone gets out of their car for a close up shot ( photo) in Custer State Park. Results range from being gored to run over.
I've seen people standing 10 feet away with young children.

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Response to newfie11 (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 10:25 AM

2. Humans are a very strange breed

Some of us cannot figure it out

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 10:31 AM

3. I hope they don't take it out in the elephants because of human stupidity

That's what really infuriates me.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 02:10 PM

4. Many don't know how dangerous elephants really are -

they're beautiful, but many mistake the fact that they aren't carnivores as passiveness. Big mistake. If they feel threatened, they're not going to give you another chance. If you piss them off and you aren't in a car, you're in a lot of trouble.

Hippos are even more dangerous and aggressive. I could be wrong, but I think hippos have the largest body count in Africa. Elephants and hippos - stay the hell away!

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