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Elephant Trample On Tourist To Death In Thailand

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An elephant on the Thai tourist island of Koh Samui trampled a tourist to death in the latest deadly attack by animals used to entertain holiday-makers. The man from the UK was riding on the animal’s back with his daughter on Monday when it suddenly threw them off, police told the AFP news agency.

“We suspect that the hot weather made the elephant angry and that he was not accustomed to his mahout [handler],” said Paiboon Omark, a district police chief. Paiboon said the tourist had a prosthetic leg and was unable to run away from the elephant, which gored and trampled him.  His daughter and the handler, a Myanmar national, were both slightly injured but escaped.

The elephant, named “Golf”, was tranquilised and brought under control, he said.  The male animal was “in musth and was reacting aggressively”, Edwin Wiek, founder of the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand, told the DPA news agency.  Wiek denied local reports that the tourist had been taunting the animal. It was the sixth fatal incident in the last five months involving  bull elephants in musth across Thailand, he said. “Male elephants should not be a part of these treks at all as they  are uncontrollable when they are in heat,” Wiek said.

Thailand has an estimated 4,000 domesticated elephants, many working in the tourism trade, beside some 2,500 wild elephants. In August, an elephant killed his handler with three terrified Chinese tourists still on his back. The tourists survived. Thailand’s use of animals for tourism is under increased scrutiny following a string of scandals and investigations by rights groups.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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