Video: wild antelope beaten unconscious by Thai factory worker: A factory worker in Thailand beat a wandering wild antelope to the ground with a steel pipe, and the incident was caught on camera.
The animal in the video is actually a particularly rare species of goat-antelope called a serow, and is an endangered species protected by Thai law, according to reports.
The worker, 40-year-old Wichai Wettana, admitted that he attacked the animal with a steel pipe when he saw it wandering around in the Sara Buri cement plant on the evening of December 19, according to police.
He claimed, however, that he did it because he was afraid the antelope would be harmed if it got in the way of the factory machinery, according to reports.
After the serow was beaten unconscious, he and six colleagues carried it to a pickup truck.
They took the animal into a nearby forest and released it, he said.
When officials checked the area where the workers said they released the antelope, they found its hoof prints, but did not see the animal.
The cement plant in Sar Buri is near the Khao Yai National Park.
The video of the incident was posted on YouTube, with many Internet users who saw the video of Mr. Wichai attacking the antelope accusing him of cruelty to a harmless animal.
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