Elephant tramples Thai handler to death, runs off with 2 Russian tourists on its back

November 17, 2014 12:58 PM

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BANGKOK – An elephant trampled its handler to death and ran off with two Russian tourists -- a mother and her 9-year-old daughter -- who were riding it during a trek in southern Thailand, police said Monday.

Rescue teams tracked down the elephant about 1.8 miles away and tranquilized it to rescue the tourists clinging to its back, police Lt. Col. Narong Laksanawimol said.

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