Villagers found Zhao Si dead and his wife Ming Ba injured in their own croplands Sunday morning in Menghai County, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture. The scene was chaotic with footprints of the wild animals.
The attack happened on Saturday. Ming Ba was buried in a collapsed shed in the croplands, which saved her from further attacks by the elephants. She was sent to a hospital for treatment.
The county forestry bureau has strengthened monitoring of the wild Asian elephants nearby.
There have been several attacks in Xishuangbanna, which is home to 250 to 300 wild elephants, in recent years. In 2012 and 2013, two women died in such attacks in the area.