A commune police officer was trampled to death by a herd of wild elephants in a forest in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak last weekend, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported Monday.
Huynh Trung Luan, director of Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center, told Nguoi Lao Dong that Cao Xuan Canh, 42, of Ea Le Commune was killed by approximately 20 stampeding elephants.
On the morning of October 27, Canh and a group of local men went to a forest in Ea Le Commune, Ea Sup District to log mai (apricot blossom) trees.
At around 8 p.m. when they were on their way back home, they encountered a herd of around 20 wild elephants.
"It was dark and we suddenly saw the elephants on the way. We were only 30 meters away from the elephants," recalled Cao Xuan Dong.
The elephants rushed toward the men, who managed to run away. Canh ran as well, but was not fortunate enough to get away in time, according to Dong.
The case is being investigated further.
According to Dak Lak authorities, in recent years, wild elephants have been entering fields and local houses in search of food, which has become increasingly scarce due to their shrinking habitat.
Elephants have reportedly been the cause of a number of human fatalities in the province.
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