Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Putang village elephant camp in Cambodia

dead elephant ☨ ♂ Atork  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂

People killed:1: owner 47-year-old Phnong villager Choeung Team, Putang village, Mondulkiri, Cambodia, 2017-04-06
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Dead: 2017-04-07
Death reason: killed: shot
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Present / last location:Putang village elephant camp, in Cambodia

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Putang village elephant camp
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History of updates2018-05-10: new record, mankiller

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† Atork is a dead mankiller Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2017-04-07 at Putang village elephant camp, in Cambodia, . Official death reason described as shot.


Atork was born wild .

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The victim’s nephew Saroeun Naro, 37, said a Group of tourists had asked the Guide to release the Atork’s leg shackles to take photos. While the Group was preparing lunch, the elephant walked away. Afraid the elephant might escape, Choeung Team followed him.

“I don’t know what the problem of Atork was,” Naro said. “Maybe he needed a female elephant or he was angry with my uncle.”

Naro said that when Choeung Team found the 60-year-old elephant, “Atork used his Trunk to beat him and trampled on him”.

Tri Yi, widow of the Mahout Team, said her family had allowed local authorities to kill the animal if it returned from the forest to attack the village. This was done, she said, to prevent any more deaths and to ensure there was no destruction of property. The family was allowed to cut out and keep Atork’s Tusks.

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Koehl, Dan, (2021). Atork, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Putang village elephant camp in Cambodia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 September 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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