This footage shows a tourist killed by an elephant in Thailand
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Images of a man grabbed and thrown to the ground by an elephant have been shared in several Facebook posts, which claim to show a tourist being attacked in the province of Sri Lanka. The claim is false: The video actually shows an elephant attack in Thailand in April 2021. The man died of his injuries, local media reported.
The video, which features graphic footage of the attack, was shared in this Facebook post published on April 25, 2021.
“In Kandalama A Sri Lankan tourist went to feed a wild elephant which was attacked and killed (sic), âthe caption reads.
Kandalama is a village in central Sri Lanka which is popular with tourists due to its forests, reservoirs and luxury hotels.
The footage shows a man approaching an elephant and reaching out to it. The animal hits him with its trunk, knocking him onto his back, before pinning him to the ground.
The clip was also shared on WhatsApp with an identical claim.
However, the claim is false. The footage actually shows an elephant attacking a tourist in April 2021 in Thailand.
The video features a segment of a report by the Thai News Agency MCOT.
The images used in the deceptive posts can be seen from the 0:57 – 1:43 mark in the Thai video.
Below is a screenshot comparison of keyframes from the misleading message (L) and the DailyMotion video (R):
The incident happened when elephant Nong Cherry threw victim Khun Chayun, a specialist public health worker in Nakhon Ratchasima [a province in Thailand]The presenter said.
âHe was traveling with his family during the Songkran vacation. In the morning, while shopping, he passed the place where people can feed the elephant. He was carrying sugar cane and grass to feed the elephant, which unexpectedly attacked and killed him.
Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year.
The Thai newspaper Siam Rath too reported the April 15, 2021 attack, citing local officials who said the man died of his injuries.
AFP contacted Sri Lankan police spokesman and local journalist Kanchana Kumara, both of whom said no elephant attacks had been reported in Kandalama, the Sri Lankan village.