An endangered gaur was found dead, Monday, after it rammed a person to death and injured four others in the central province of Quang Nam.
Experts from the Ministry of Agriculture were dispatched to conduct forensic tests as the animal is an endangered species and displayed no external injuries.
The victim, Phan Thanh Thien, 21, was impaled in his abdomen while he was leading a herd of buffaloes to pasture at around 7am.
Truong Ngoc Duy, 12, and Tran Thi Binh, 68 were slightly injured while Bui Tuan Kiet, 40, and Le Dinh Vinh, 32, were hospitalized with injuries inflicted by the mammal.
Truong Van Nien, who manages social affairs in the province’s Dai Loc District, said the district authorities have paid Thien’s family VND4.5 million (US$213) in support funds.
The injured parties received VND1.5 million each.
Phan Tuan, head of the province’s Forest Management Department, said the gaur was a male spotted emerging out of the jungle near a residential neighborhood in late March.
It was suspected to have strayed from the nearby Bach Ma National Park during the mating season.
Tuan said the animal was in the process of moving south.
“We’ve been observing the gaur and it was moving toward the delta.”
His department had sent officials to instruct people to stay away from the gaur, to protect both locals and the animal.
Gaurs have not been seen in Quang Nam for years.
The guar population in Vietnam is estimated to be around 300 and shrinking due to disappearing habitat and illegal poaching.
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