Tuesday, 5 April 2016

4/05/2016 03:54:00 am
The mum of a Brit killed on holiday by a rampaging elephant says she doesn't blame the animal's handler.

Gareth Crowe was killed by the elephant in Thailand
Jane Crowe said she has nothing but sympathy for the supervisor who was on duty when her son Gareth was trampled to death in Thailand in front of his 16-year-old stepdaughter Eilidh.

Police held Burmese handler Saw Win Tun, 37, over the incident, but in an incredible show of compassion, Jane has said she doesn't hold him responsible.

Jane, 61, from Dunoon, Argyll told : “He didn’t go out of his way to cause this awful ­accident.

Jane and Robert Crowe, whose son Gareth Crowe, was killed in Thailand
“He did get down from the elephant to take photos. That shouldn’t have happened but it wasn’t his fault that the animal lost control."

Gareth, 36, was on a family holiday on the island of Koh Samui when the huge bull elephant turned on him.

His partner Catherine Hughes, 42, broke the news to his parents in a phone call from Thailand.

Gareth, of Linwood, Renfrewshire, had been riding the elephant, named Golf, with Eilidh when it went berserk.

The handler had climbed down to take a photo of the tourists when the elephant threw them off, spearing Gareth with its tusk.

Police claim the handler neglected his duty by climbing off the animal and a probe is ongoing.

Within days, the elephant was moved to another region and was back giving rides to holidaymakers.

Golf the Elephant was chained to a tree in Koh Samui after killing tourist Gareth Crowe
Jane, who is married to Robert, 66, said: “Ideally, I would like to see the whole industry closed down but that’s not going to happen.

“But they do need to make sure the elephants are treated well.

“The one that killed Gareth was having serious problems and should not have been working.

“It was a risk to holidaymakers. I feel it is something almost everyone would do on holiday in Thailand but people do not realise how dangerous it can be.”

Source: Mirror

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