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Rampaging Elephant Rips Through Rayong Worker Camp, Injuring Infant, 2 Parents

Tylan, a Cambodian rubber worker, is treated for injuries after an elephant rampage in Rayong.
Tylan, a Cambodian rubber worker, is treated for injuries after an elephant rampage in Rayong.

A screaming baby triggered a work elephant in Rayong, setting off a rampage that sent three members of a Cambodian family to the hospital in Rayong.

A month-old infant identified only as Titi, his father Wanna, 35, and mother Tylan, 28, were rushed to a Khao Chamao District hospital after the Sunday night attack at the Ban Khlong Phra Chao rubber plantation in Nam Pen Subdistrict. Tylan suffered the most serious injuries, with numerous broken bones while the baby was bleeding from a head wound. Wanna was stomped and suffered serious crush injuries.

Sam, a co-worker at the camp, said several elephants that were used in logging rubber trees were passing by the workers camp. Sudden loud screams and crying set off a three-meter-tall bull, who turned to the camp and began stomping. Sam said the bull then ripped through the tent with Tylan and the baby.

Coworkers who didn’t run away in panic scared the pachyderms back into the woods.

Khao Chamao District Chief Kanjaras Eidthongsai promised to aid the injured, relocate the other workers and add patrols to ensure elephants don’t invade human quarters again.