|† Atork||ID Number:|
|Species:||Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)|
|Sex and age:||Male ♂, unknown maybe about years old (estimated age)|
|Dead date:||† 2017-04-07,|
|Death reason:||killed: shot||People killed:||1: owner 47-year-old Phnong villager Choeung Team, Putang village, Mondulkiri, Cambodia, 2017-04-06|
|Location:||Putang elephant camp|
|Arrived||Putang elephant camp|
|Document updated||2018-05-10: new record, mankiller|
The victim’s nephew Saroeun Naro, 37, said a group of tourists had asked the guide to release the Atork’s leg shackles to take photos. While the group was preparing lunch, the elephant walked away. Afraid the elephant might escape, Choeung Team followed him.
Tri Yi, widow of the mahout Team, said her family had allowed local authorities to kill the animal if it returned from the forest to attack the village. This was done, she said, to prevent any more deaths and to ensure there was no destruction of property. The family was allowed to cut out and keep Atork’s tusks.
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