The park is the third largest in Thailand. It covers an area of 300 square kilometers, including tropical seasonal forests and grasslands. Its altitude mostly ranges from 400–1,000 m above sea level. There are 3,000 species of plants, 320 species of birds, and 67 species of mammals, recording in this, Thailand's most famous National Park.
A couple of days ago the TV news showed a man being carried into an ambulance after a Gaur had attacked and seriously injured him in Khao Yai national park.
It seems to have gone quiet, and even in the park it seems like most rangers don't know about it/ or (more likely) are not allowed to talk about it...
We heard that the man is still in hospital in critical condition, but I can't confirm if that's true.
Apparently the injured man is a hornbill researcher that was showing a group of students around in the park.
I was wondering if anybody has heard about this, and hopefully with some more details about the incident. Even though I've heard Gaur can be dangerous, my experience is that you never get close enough to the animals for them to even consider an attack. They always bolt as soon as they pick up your scent, or hear/ see you.
I guess the park authorities are afraid to see a drop in tourist numbers. Though, on the other hand they are often using 'their dangerous' crocodile to promote the park, haha.
Just this evening I saw a herd of Gaur in the park. Came a bit as a surprise. I had been specifically looking for them, and was expecting them to show up in this season, but I gave up the search because I heard poachers cutting some small trees in the forest nearby. I expected the noise would have chased the Gaurs off if these animals would have been in the area. But maybe they are not always that shy after all. On the way back when darkness had fallen they appeared from the forest.
The last information I've heard is that the man is recovering from his injuries.
It did not happen in the 'tourist' part of KY.
And seems like the man was not with a group of students, but just with another researcher. But anyway at least there was somebody to help him/ get help.
Still haven't heard about the exact incident, how it happened, but good to hear he is recovering.
It must have been a very intimidating and fearful moment for him being attacted in the jungle by such a huge and powerful creature.