Foreign tourist killed by an elephant during holiday trip in Thailand

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The elephant grew angry and refused to obey after its handler climbed down to take photographs, refusing to follow his instructions. The handler hit the elephant several times before he violently reacted. The teenager was first treated at Samui International hospital before she was moved to the island’s Bangkok International hospital.Tthe trek operator, Island Safari Tour, is legally registered to offer elephant treks. The local Thai provincial governor, Wongsiri Phromchana, said that an investigation was being launched into the incident.They are looking into whether it was an accident or could have been prevented. To stop such circumstances to occur, last year, tour operator Intrepid Travel announced it would no longer offer elephant rides on any of its trips. STA Travel, which provides holidays for 2.5 million students and young people each year, last year also stopped offering tours that include elephant rides or trips to the Tiger Temple in Thailand.

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