Wandering wild serow beaten with steel pipe

SARA BURI - A wild serow that wandered into a cement plant was attacked by a factory worker and beaten to the ground. The incident was caught on camera.

Police on Tuesday said Wichai Wettana, 40, admitted he attacked the antelope with a steel pipe after he saw the animal wandering in the factory on the evening of Dec 19. 

Mr Wichai said he beat the animal to the ground with a steel pipe  because he was afraid it would be harmed if it got in the way of factory machinery.

After the serow was beaten unconscious he and six colleagues carried it to a pickup truck. The animal was taken into a nearby forest and released, he said.

When officials checked the area where he said the serow was released, they found its hoof prints, but did not see the animal.

The incident was captured  on video, which was then posted on the internet.

Internet users who saw the video clip of Mr Wichai attacking the serow accused him of being cruel to a  "harmless" animal.

The cement works in Sara Buri is near Khao Yai National Park.

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Discussion 1 : 26/12/2013 at 06:56 PM
Buddha teaching is very good teaching . is the people that didn't fallow the teaching,they go to temple accept five basic perception,1 do not kill or hurt other living being .2 do not still.3 do not commit adultery. 4 do not lie and 5 do not use drug and alcohol, as soon as they leave the temple most of them break the perception they just accept,is like they lie to them self and to Buddha.and many of them don't even understand what they just accept,because the monk preach in other language,and not translated for them.
Discussion 2 : 26/12/2013 at 05:03 PM
This one was obviously not three feet tall, 300 pounds with 6 inch horns. Why not a good slap on the animals behind and move it in the direction of the exit. No need to beat the animal the way this moron did, of I forgot, no common sense exits here.
Discussion 3 : 26/12/2013 at 12:42 PM
Thus guy should be arrested and fined .
Discussion 4 : 26/12/2013 at 10:39 AM
to Lipka: How could the worker possibly know if the animal was unconscious or dead ??? And then, they released it, not thinking about the possible injuries and suffering caused by this futile beating...
Discussion 5 : 26/12/2013 at 10:32 AM
That's some good old fashion Thai logic for you. Thai's are right...foreigners will never understand "Thainess".
Discussion 6 : 26/12/2013 at 07:55 AM
Now that's not right calling them low lives. I am saying look at the bigger picture. Put your emotions aside and think logically and objectively. What they did was crude but it appears they just wanted to capture it ASAP. If they had tranquillisers, I am sure they would have used it. So criticse the action but not the people, but remember sometimes drastic actions have to be taken if you aren't prepared for the events. Don't forget it was a serow not a bunny rabbit. And yes, I think they should have taken ithe serow to the vet but we won't know why that didnt happen unless we ask them (e.g. Maybe no vets around).
Discussion 7 : 26/12/2013 at 07:47 AM
Beaten nearly to death with a steel pipe because... he was afraid it might get hurt.
Discussion 8 : 26/12/2013 at 07:22 AM
Chef, they did not beat it to death. It was beaten unconscious and taken to the park for release. Big difference!
Discussion 9 : 26/12/2013 at 06:41 AM
The mental illness portrayed every night on television here is likely a contributing factor.
Discussion 10 : 26/12/2013 at 06:33 AM
They have ropes in Thailand and nets. Beating it to death with a pole is an appropriate response? Let me guess, tea party?
Discussion 11 : 26/12/2013 at 06:01 AM
Me thinks someone had a rare steak for dinner.
Discussion 12 : 26/12/2013 at 05:56 AM
Thailand continues to lose any sense of compassion and sympathy every day. A Buddhist nation indeed!!!
Discussion 13 : 26/12/2013 at 04:06 AM
I see NO problem whith this, and I commend the factory worker for protecting his fellow employees. These WILD animals have six-inch horns, weigh 300 pounds and stand three-feet tall; and all of it running wildly about an enclosed factory compound filled with workers? This local Thai knew what to do and he did it. Good job.
Discussion 14 : 26/12/2013 at 01:38 AM
It seems a lot of Thai's have lost their sense of compassion. Like the two clowns that beat that baby elephant about a month ago. This man should be jailed and fined and then fired for being so cruel. I'm almost sure this particular serow is on the endangered list and should warrant a stiff fine. I could also hear Burmese language in the background so they are surely hiring illegal Burmese workers as well. The workers that stood by and watched and laughed are cowards. The lady trying to help should be rewarded.
Discussion 15 : 25/12/2013 at 11:16 PM
No you couldn't. You must live in the big city. You know nothing about the strength of a wild animal. It is wrong to club this poor lost beast but you are not strong enough.
Discussion 16 : 25/12/2013 at 11:16 PM
Sorry Lipka you are making no sense. So they dragged off the evidence of their crime (I know it's not a crime per se in Thailand) and dumped in the forest to "set it free". What the poor beast probably needed at this point was veterinary care. And they did this for the same humane reasons they beat it over the skull with a steel bar, I presume. Really??? I can't understand for the life of me, why you would go to such lengths to justify e actions of these miserable low-lives.
Discussion 17 : 25/12/2013 at 10:45 PM
This Person has no idea and no compassion nor the other drones standing about .No need for this behaviour . Cement factory should donate a significant sum to wild life orgs in Thailand
Discussion 18 : 25/12/2013 at 10:05 PM
A pack of wild animals attacking another wild animal, perhaps David Attenborough could give a commentary.
Discussion 19 : 25/12/2013 at 09:52 PM
topcat_bk, you can only criticise a person up to a certain point before it becomes counter-productive. I think you will find that it is far more effective to inform and educate people on how to treat animals and what to do in situations when they cross paths with wild animals. And have you ever thought that these workers might be feeling so bad about the actions they have done? Don't forget, they took the serow to the park to release it. That is crucial as it shows their intention. As such, I think they didn't intend to harm the animal though they hurt it, irony. Definitely an awful incident but there's a bigger picture to it.
Discussion 20 : 25/12/2013 at 08:55 PM
I wonder who is the wild animal in this case!?
Discussion 21 : 25/12/2013 at 08:53 PM
I am a small man 163cm and only 53kg. I could have wrestled this animal to the ground with out the (thai required) steel bar. In the US it would be called calf roping at a Rodeo. Would I get scratched and bruised, probably. Gutless, that is the only word for Thai men. Look at their common day behavior, this is normal for them.
Discussion 22 : 25/12/2013 at 07:47 PM
What Mr Wichai Wettana did with an animal, he could do with a human... This man is then dangerous !!!!
Discussion 23 : 25/12/2013 at 07:37 PM
I completely disagree with your view. These people do need to be criticized, if not harshly punished. And not only here, but in the Thai media, so people understand that this type of behavior toward a sentient creature is neither normal nor acceptable. It doesn't take a wildlife expert to see that this was not a reasonable way to act in this situation. So please don't try to rationalize this barbaric circus!
Discussion 24 : 25/12/2013 at 07:02 PM
I don't exactly agree with the action of beating the serow but I can understand his argument. Perhaps it is just poor decision making. And not everyone is an animal expert. It looks like a Sumatran serow and they are known to be endangered, so they have to be looked after. Unfortunately, they still get hunted. The concern should move on to finding the serow. No point to keep on criticising the workers.
Discussion 25 : 25/12/2013 at 06:27 PM
because he was afraid it would be harmed if it got in the way of factory machinery. so he harmed it himself with iron bar.
Discussion 26 : 25/12/2013 at 05:36 PM
There no chance that these idiots will be punished for their gross act of cruelty, since Thailand STILL has no animal welfare laws to speak of. Even if it did, it's unlikely the police would pursue such a crime due to its low profit potential.
Discussion 27 : 25/12/2013 at 05:14 PM
"Mr Wichai said he beat the animal to the ground with a steel pipe because he was afraid it would be harmed if it got in the way of factory machinery " (Bangkok Post) This just shows a complete lack of respect for living things. His reasoning for beating the antelope is beyond reason. So why was this article and video put in the Post?? Does the man deserve punishment??? The video did make me feel so very sad.
Discussion 28 : 25/12/2013 at 04:57 PM
because he was afraid it would be harmed if it got in the way of factory machinery. ! So he beat it senseless with an iron bar! Same as motorbike taxi boys beating senseless a farang who might have got harmed with his argument with an ATM machine! Only in Thailand!
Discussion 29 : 25/12/2013 at 04:32 PM
I think is terrible. We trespassed on their land and people allow the guy to club the poor animal. In the video clip a woman was the only one to make any kind of sense. Use a rope and restrain it. But too much Thai manliness going there. I hope someone spend time in jail for cruelty.
Discussion 30 : 25/12/2013 at 03:52 PM
Someone should take a big steel pole to the guy who hit the defenseless animal .
Discussion 31 : 25/12/2013 at 03:41 PM
Thai male factory workers.........what more can one say...!!? And his vote counts the same as yours! Viva democracy, eh?! 555
Discussion 32 : 25/12/2013 at 03:32 PM
What a bunch of heartless morons! I guess this is what passes for entertainment at a cement factory.
Discussion 33 : 25/12/2013 at 03:23 PM
So beating the animals head will harm it less? The wild antelope looks like it could have been easily rounded and corner up until the proper officials can be called to handle the situation.
Discussion 34 : 25/12/2013 at 03:09 PM
What a load of crap. The guy beat this poor animal to death. Then filmed a different one.
Discussion 35 : 25/12/2013 at 03:08 PM
Mr Wichai Wettana should be indicted to try to kill a defenceless wild animal...and newpapers should publish the names of the people around who did't prevent him to make the massacre!!!!

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