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An elephant at the ruins in Ayuthaya picked up a 35 year old woman in its trunk, twirled her into the air and thumped her into the ground.
The mahout had tried to stop her feeding the elephant bananas but she had ignored his pleas, reports Thairath.
Wilaiwan Phankhian from Klong Sa Bua sub-district suffered a fractured skull, broken arm, broken leg and crushed chest.
Medics who rushed to the scene at the Viharn Phra Monkhon Bophit had to give her CPR before she was taken to hospital.
The 30 year old elephant was described as a good natured animal who had never hurt anyone before while working at the ruins.
A tuk-tuk driver called Suphat Panthong,40, who saw what happened said that the woman had tried to feed raw “nam wa” bananas to the elephant and though the mahout had tried to stop her she had insisted.
The elephant got angry and picked her up in its trunk.
The mahout Urai Salangam, 43, told reporters that it was not good to feed elephants raw bananas. He was backed up by the owner of the elephant who said that his employee was an experienced mahout who knew exactly how to handle elephants.