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Wild Thai elephant tramples farmer

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The wild elephant that injured a female farmer. Supplied

A woman was trampled and seriously injured by a wild elephant in Battambang province’s Phnom Proek district early on Thursday morning.

Police confirmed the six-tonne female elephant had strayed into Cambodia from Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province after crossing the border in Battambang province’s Sampov Loun district on the night of January 10.

District police chief Song Sopheak said local famer Chork Kimhai, 32, was trampled by the elephant while she was sleeping inside her tent in a cassava field in Bour commune.

“She was transported to hospital for treatment following the incident,” he said.

He added the incident happened at about 2:30am.

“She is still in the provincial hospital and some of her ribs are broken,” Mr Sopheak said.

Mr Sopheak added that the elephant had now moved and was at Nam Sap Mountain in the commune.

Last week, the elephant walked to Banteay Meanchey province’s Malai district and damaged a few sugarcane and cassava fields, where local farmers were harvesting their crops.

However, no harm to local villagers there had been reported.

According to Thai authorities, the elephant broke loose from an electric fence enclosure for behaviour-adjustment in a forest conservation project area in Sa Kaeo province in Thailand.

The wild animal previously attacked Thai residents and destroyed farms.

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