Tragic mushroom foray: Fatal elephant attack in Thai forest reserve
Mitch Connor, The Thaiger
September 14, 2023
A fatal elephant attack took place in a national forest reserve located in
the Khon Buri district of the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima.
Unfortunately, a resident was fatally attacked while gathering mushrooms in
The fatal elephant attack was reported by the Khon Buri police chief
investigator, Pasit Jitprasert, and it occurred in the forest east of Ban
Sap Charoen, within Moo 11 village in Tambon Khok Krachai of Khon Buri.
Wanlop Amrung, the village chief of Ban Sap Charoen, alerted the police
about the incident. Pasit, alongside a team of police, a medic from Khon
Buri Hospital and members of a rescue unit, were dispatched to the scene to
investigate the situation.
The team discovered the body of 59 years old Sompong Phutjapo from Moo 5
village in tambon Chorakhehin of Khon Buri, beneath a tree. His body bore
multiple bruises with several of his ribs fractured, indicative of a potent
impact against the tree. Elephant footprints were prominently scattered
around the area, reported Bangkok Post.
Relaying his account to the police, Sompong’s son revealed that both of
them had ventured into the forest around 5am to search for mushrooms.
Around 9am, they stumbled upon a wild elephant and scattered in separate
Unfortunately, while attempting to escape, Sompong collided with a tree as
the elephant charged at him from behind. He sustained severe injuries
resulting in his immediate death.
His body was subsequently transported to Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital
for an autopsy.
In February, netizens think it’s a miracle that an elderly Thai lady
survived being trampled on by a wild elephant in Prachin Buri province in
The victim, 71 year old Winit On-On, aka Grandma Winit, was watering her
eucalyptus plants at her home in Phanom Sarakham district when she bent
down to pick up her hose.