How Not to Speak to a Man with a Big Stick

Mahouts (elephant drivers) take their animals around tourist areas, selling food for the elephants to tourists. In Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city, a mahout failed to persuade two Aussies to buy food for his elephant. The tourists then criticized him for making the elephant beg for food. The mahout beat the male tourist with his ankus, a short pole tipped with a metal hook used to control the elephant. The Aussie suffered cuts to his arm, head and ear. Tourists and by-standers surrounded the mahout until the police arrived.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: