61-year-old man arrested for killing pregnant wild elephant in Chonburi, claims self-defense

Bor Thong –

A 61-year-old Thai man has been arrested for killing a pregnant wild elephant in the Bor Thong district.

The Bor Thong police reported that the wild elephant was found dead on Saturday (December 11th) near a canal near the Sala Kaew Temple in the Pluang Thong sub-district. The area is outside a wildlife sanctuary. The elephant was heavily pregnant.

The Bor Thong Police arrested the suspect, Mr. Amphon Samrej, 61, yesterday (December 12th). He was arrested at a house in same area where the elephant was found dead.

Mr. Amphon told police, “I found the elephant was eating bananas on my property not far from my house. I tried to chase her away but the elephant chased after me instead and I feared she was going to attack me. I had to shoot her to protect myself. After I realized she was dead I called law enforcement officers to report the death. I did not attempt to cover up or hide the incident and it was not my intention to kill the elephant but this was a matter of self-defense.”

Amphon is facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition without a permit and hunting a protected animal. Seized from him were a rifle and two bullets. Amphon has been cooperative with police, according to Bor Thong law enforcement statements.

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Goong 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 three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya, Chonburi, and Phuket, 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.