An Australian man was hospitalised after he was attacked by a four-year-old elephant in Mai Khao, Phuket, Thailand. Chan Yun was visiting the island for a family wedding and did not have travel insurance due to a pre-existing condition. It is believed the young elephant had previously been seized by authorities and should reportedly have been removed from the island.

Mr Chan’s family released a statement warning people about interacting with wild animals, and we would like to echo this warning. Always be careful when approaching any animal that you do not know the history of – especially wild animals.

From Yahoo 7 News

Aussie man with no travel insurance trampled by elephant in Thailand

An Australian man who failed to get travel insurance is in intensive care after he was attacked by an agitated elephant in Thailand.

The four-year-old elephant attacked Chan Yun, 62, from the Sydney suburb of Newington, on the Thai resort island of Phuket on Monday, Fairfax Media reports.

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From the Phuket News

Australian tourist, 62, attacked by baby elephant in Phuket

In addition, Col Prawit Sutthirueangarun Chief of Tha Chatchai Police Station told The Phuket News today (Nov 4) that he believes the incident should never have happened as Namwan should have been moved from the island after it was seized by officials on Aug 3.

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