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A drunk Thai man who entered an enclosure at a Phetchabun temple to get a wild boar was mauled and dragged off by a bear.
Despite the screams of locals no one dared help him as he was mauled for more than 15 minutes.
Tnews had a short video of Fon Phromlat, 38, being dragged off by “Jao Kaew” an eight year old bear. They also published horrific pictures of the man’s puncture wounds and him being loaded in a pick-up and taken to hospital.
Daily News carried a full report with more pictures of the incident.
It happened at an enclosure run by a monk called locally “Luang Poo Lamai Herb Garden”. The large one rai enclosure is used to house more than 100 wild boar.
It is also home to the giant, female bear that has been raised since a cub at the facility.
The temple had advertised that wild boars were available free. They wanted the species to grow so were offering the locals the chance to take one home for nothing.
Fon entered the cage because he wanted to get a boar. He offered grass to the bear and patted it on the head.
He was then attacked and dragged off suffering multiple puncture wounds.
Police arrived and found a lot of blood – Fon had already been rescued by the bear’s trainer using a pole and taken to hospital.
Monk Thanet Tikhayano said that the bear had never attacked anyone before.
He said that Fon was drunk and that when the bear got a whiff of the alcohol she didn’t like it and attacked him.
He said that the bear had been given to Luang Poo Lamai an old respected monk who the place is named after.
When Lamai died he entrusted the care of his beloved bear to “Aunty Aew” who fed her and bathed her every day.
Aunty Aew and Monk Thanet used a pole to get the bear away from the victim who had been “hugged” for more than 15 minutes as local screamed but did nothing to help for fear of their own lives, reported Daily News.