'Horny' Elephant Kills Handler, Kidnaps 2 Females
The elephant went wild in Thailand, south of Bangkok
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2014 4:30 PM CST

(Newser) – A bull elephant in a state of "aggressive sexual excitement" trampled its handler and ran away with two female tourists during an otherwise scenic ride past waterfalls in Thailand, the AP reports. Rescuers tracked the elephant for nearly two miles, then shot it with a tranquilizer and rescued the Russian woman and her 9-year-old daughter from the animal's back. "It took almost three hours for the elephant to calm down completely," police officer Narong Laksanawimol said today. "We had to tie it to a tree."

The attack occurred about 15 minutes into a tour in the city of Phang Nga, about 310 miles south of Bangkok. The cause, Narong says, was "musth," or aggressive horniness. The elephant had apparently never attacked anyone during its two-year stint with the tour company, but a Thai wildlife expert says elephants in "musth" are a known risk: "Bull elephants in musth are very dangerous and they shouldn't be part of these attractions," he tells Australia's News Network. The 60-year-old handler was found crushed in a nearby creek. (See video at the Telegraph, or read about a baby elephant that survived a 14-lion attack.)
 

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