Animal park staff member seriously injured after tiger attack in Pattaya


A young man has sustained serious injuries after being attacked by a tiger while he was feeding it at an elephant kingdom park in Pattaya this afternoon.

Rescue workers were notified of the incident at 3:20 PM at an elephant kingdom in Huayyai, Banglamung.

They and The Pattaya News arrived at the scene to find the injured party, Mr Thitiphong Makkarom, 32. He had suffered injuries to his legs, arms and ear. He was rushed to a local hospital.

Mr. Thitiphong’s friends told The Pattaya News that Mr. Thitiphong was feeding three tigers inside a cage as normal.

However, today one of the tigers reportedly jumped at Mr. Thitiphong before attacking him. His friends saw and helped pull him away from the tiger. Luckily, they (His friends) had saved him and helped him survive the tiger attack.

The Pattaya News noted that the elephant kingdom has not been opened yet since the Covid19 pandemic began in Thailand in March. Staffers are taking care of the animals. The incident is under investigation by relevant agencies.

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.