Thai elephant gets tusks cut after killing visitor
BANGKOK (AP) - Workers at an elephant shelter have cut back the tusks of an elephant that killed a Thai woman in the former capital of Ayutthaya, in the hope of wiping away bad luck from the animal.
Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal manager Ittiphan Khaolamai said about one-fifth of the one-metre-long ivory was taken off since it is believed that the spirit of a person killed by an elephant would remain in the tusks.
Police Lt. Col. Pimuk Nakkhamphan said the 27-year-old elephant trampled on the woman when she visited the shelter on Saturday. He said the woman's husband was hurt when he tried to help.
He said the accident at the major tourist attraction happened after operating hours when none of the elephant handlers were around.