A-5-years old Finnish boy, Eemi Nikula, was mauled by several stray dogs at Ao Nang Beach, in Krabi province, Thailand in the evening of 20th February 2019.
According to the boy’s father, Appo Nikula, he and his son were spending time at the beach when 4-5 stray dogs approached and attacked his son.
The attempt was made to rescue the boy by the villagers and the tourists who were near the area where the boy was attacked. The boy was seriously injured and was sent to Krabi Nakharin International Hospital.
Later, the doctor in charge of this case confirmed that the boy is safe now but he has to stay on the hospital for at least 3 days under observation and further medical treatment.
Some tourism enterprises and the Village chief of Moo 2 in Ao Nang district disclosed that the boy is not the first victim that was mauled by the stray dogs. The stray dogs at Ao Nang Beach have been bothering and attacking tourists especially small kids for many times but the resolve from responsible agencies did not seem to make much progress.
On 21st February at 11.00 a.m., Pol Lt Col M.L. Kitibordi Prawit, Krabi Governor together with the Krabi police delegation and provincial livestock officials paid a visit to the boy at the hospital. They spent 30 minutes talking to the boy’s father about the boy’s health condition and remedies.
The Krabi Governor told the media that they coordinated with the hospital to provide the convenience in treatment and expenses beyond insurance coverage for the boy and his family to the best of their ability.
Moreover, Pol Lt Col M.L. Kitibordi has ordered livestock officials to urgently get rid of all stray dogs from Ao Nang Beach and check the area before the incident happens again.
On the latest update, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who was in his duty at Krabi, also visited the boy before he went back to Bangkok.