Man Killed by Elephant While Driving Near Thai National Park
A man was killed by an elephant in northeastern Thailand while driving last Wednesday.
Police Lt. Col. Kemchat Paedkaew said that the man was driving near Khao Yai National Park when the elephant appeared on the road. Allegedly, wild animals have strayed from the park in the past.
While there are signs warning drivers to beware of wild animals on the road, the man's car was speeding and hadn't slowed down when the elephant was encountered, causing the car to hit the elephant. When the animal and car collided, the elephant responded by stomping on the vehicle, ultimately killing the driver. The elephant has since been guided back to the park and is being examined.
According to Lt. Paedkaew, up to two people each year are killed by elephants in areas surrounding the park.
Cases like this remind us that it's always important to be aware of your surroundings (especially in unfamiliar places), to pay attention to surrounding signage, and to always give animals their due space. As nice as they may seem, animals can be unpredictable. In fact, TPG has reported on similar stories recently in which animals felt threatened and became dangerous to those nearby, such as the incident of the charging bison at Yellowstone.