Malaysia: Thai mauled to death by durian-loving bear

The Star 11 Aug 16;

GUA MUSANG: The body of a Thai, believed to have been mauled to death by a durian-loving bear, was found in an orchard at the Renok Baru Kesedar Land Development Plan here.

The remains of Mat Didik @ Madidi Basa, 40, was found at about 6am in a ditch on Thursday.

The victim was found with severe head injuries and his body was sent to the district hospital.

District police chief Supt Rajab Ahad Ismail said the victim's son, Mohamad Naim, 15, had earlier gone looking for him early in the morning when his father failed to return home from the orchard since 10pm Wednesday.

Met at the hospital, Muhamad Naim said he and an uncle, Mohd Zulhaidi Hamat, 23, initially went looking for his father at the orchard around 3am.

However, upon spotting a bear which was foraging for durians in the vicinity, he said they changed their minds and returned home.

About three hours later, the duo returned to the orchard, only to stumble on Mat Didik's body.

The teenager said his father had cautioned the family that a bear was spotted prowling at the orchard to eat durians," he said.

Mat Didik's mother-in-law, Mariam Ab Rahman, 56, said she had advised him repeatedly against going into the orchard at night for fear of attacks by wild animals.

"Last night after dinner, I advised him again not to go to the orchard...I am sad he was found dead with injuries," she said.

Mat Didik is survived by a local wife and four children. - Bernama

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