A 41-year-old Chinese man was trampled to death by a wild elephant yesterday as he was walking through a dense forest in Chhattisgarh, a state in central India.
“A wild elephant today trampled a Chinese engineer in Gharghoda forest area,” local police chief Sanjeev Shukla confirmed with AFP via telephone.
The victim, identified as Jong Kitau, was an engineer who’d been staying in the area with colleagues to work on a power project. He was taking a morning walk with another worker when an elephant spotted them and charged. The victim’s colleague managed to escape with only injuries.
Indian elephants can grow up to five tons, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
Last month in Thailand, a Chinese family was put in danger when an elephant at a popular riding camp ran amok, killing its keeper before running off into the woods with the Chinese tourists still on its back.
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