Celebrity elephant crushes owner to death at Thai zoo

An elephant that has starred in feature films and television commercials crushed its owner to death in Thailand, zoo officials said on Tuesday, setting off fresh debate about the kingdom’s animal tourism industry.
The accident took place on Monday morning in the northern city of Chiang Mai, just after owner Somsak Riengngen unchained the five-tonne elephant Ekasit.
With a mahout, or handler, on his back, Ekasit took a few steps before reversing course and attacking 54-year-old Somsak, who…