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Berserk elephant kills mahout, runs away with Chinese tourists on its back

A bull elephant went berserk, killing its mahout and running away with a Chinese family on its back.

elephant goes mad in thailandThe incident happened late today at an elephant camp in Mae Wang district of Chiang Mai as a tour coach dropped a group of Chinese tourists at the camp for a jungle tour on elephant back.

As the mahout identified as Surachai Dangpumipak, 40, was helping a Chinese family of three members on to the back the 25-year-old bull elephant for a jungle tour, the elephant went berserk, trying to throw the tourists off its back.

The mahout then intervened and tried to calm it down.

With no success, the elephant turned on the mahout and gored him to death with its tusks.

Other tourists seeing the incident then ran for their lives.

The crazy elephant ran into the jungle with the family on its back.

Police and local authorities were alerted and were out to find the elephant.

The fate of tourists on its back is still unknown.

Thai PBS

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