Last updated: 03:13 PM ET, Sat February 06 2016

Elephant Kills Tourist on Trek in Thailand

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | February 06, 2016

Elephant Kills Tourist on Trek in Thailand

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When Eilidh Hughes and her stepfather, Gareth Crowe, decided to go on an elephant trek while on vacation in Thailand, they had no idea the journey would end in tragedy.

But their trek around the tropical island of Koh Samui turned deadly when the elephant’s handler climbed off the animal to take photos of the two tourists, Daily Mail reported

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It was then that the elephant attacked the handler and Crowe, leaving Crowe, 36, dead, according to Daily Mail. Hughes, 16, escaped with minor injuries.

The witnesses also said Crowe had been taunting the elephant, but Hughes has said that is not true, Daily Mail reported.

According to the newspaper, witnesses also said that the elephant had appeared upset prior to the attack and was not following the handler’s instructions, which resulted in being hit with a hook several times.

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Hughes, of Renfrewshire, Scotland, went to Instagram to share how she feels about her stepfather: “I lost the most important man in my life. [He] was more like a dad to me than my biological one. [It] was such a terrifying accident for me and him.”


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