BANGKOK, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- A hornbill bird expert was mauled and injured by a wild gaur while he and his team were surveying the route for the production of a television documentary on rare bird species in Khao Yai national park, Thailand's third largest national park in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, said Pokklong Thongnuakheng, assistant chief of the park.
Pitthaya Chueylua, the hornbill expert and seven other work mates were trekking along a jungle route in the Khao Yai National Park when suddenly a gaur jumped out of a bush and attacked Pitthaya's legs.
"We immediately called for help and a helicopter arrived and picked the injured man up and rushed to hospital," said Pokklong.
Pokklong quoted the hospital as saying that the injured man suffered an open wound and a broken leg, but his condition is alright.
Thailand's Department of National Parks Wildlife and Plant Conservation has repeatedly warned patrons of wild animals not to roam in the Khao Yai National Park as the latter is a sanctuary purposed to house many of Thailand's native animals. Enditem