Notorious Rayong elephant dies from bullet wounds after killing three locals in prior months


A notorious Rayong elephant which allegedly killed three locals in two months has died from an infection caused by bullet wounds.

The Wang Jan Police was notified that the male elephant named by locals as ‘Nga San’ (short ivory) was found dead in a forest in Pa Yup sub-district yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) said the elephant had killed three locals who were working in rubber plantations in August and September in Wang Jan and Khao Cha Mao district. The Pattaya News had previous reported on these deaths.

Last month officials searched and found the elephant in a nearby palm plantation.

A veterinarian shot a sleeping drug at it in order to catch the elephant for treatment and to move him to an area without people in a National park. However, the drug had no effect and the elephant managed to escape.

Bullets were found on its leg with many bullet wounds found on the elephant. They were believed to have been from locals trying to take the law into their own hands.

A GPS tracker had been tagged on the elephant. However, the elephant remained in rural and remote areas and rescue workers were unable to reach him.

Three days ago, the elephant got up and walked into a lagoon nearby. It finally died in the lagoon.

The DNP Veterinarian Ms. Natamon Panpetch told the press the elephant had got a serious infection from bullet wounds.

However, an autopsy is being conducted to find the exact cause of death.

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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.