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Royal flowers for Finnish boy in Thai stray dog attack

The risk of a stray dog attack may be added to future travel advisories, said Finnish consul Raimo Pahkasalo.

Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.
The recovering patient received a vase of flowers from the Thai king (in photo) and the country’s prime minister also visited him in hospital on Thursday. Image: Rungroj Yongrit / EPA

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has send has sent flowers to a five-year-old Finnish boy who was mauled by stray dogs at the Ao Nang beach in Karabi on Wednesday, according to reports in the English-language online paper The Nation.

According to the publication, the boy’s condition has improved since receiving hospital treatment. He is now able to sit up in bed and no longer seems to be as fearful as he had been.

The boy’s wounds were also said to be healing and no sign of infection had been detected. The Bangkok Post previously reported that the boy had been vaccinated against rabies and tetanus. The Nation quoted doctors as saying that the patient will likely be discharged from hospital in a few days.

Strays to be relocated

Finnish consul in Thailand Raimo Pahkasalo said Thursday that police had informed the Finnish embassy in Bangkok about the incident.

"The pack of stray dogs were first fighting among themselves and afterwards attacked the boy," Pahkasalo explained.

The consul added that tourists are rarely attacked by strays and noted that during the past five years he hadn’t received a single report of a stray dog attacking a Finnish tourist in Thailand.

"This boy had really bad luck on this trip. Thailand does have a stray dog problem but it generally doesn’t affect tourist locations. It could be that this [risk] may now be included in travel advisories," Pahkasalo continued.

A local official said that Ao Nang’s strays had been involved in several attacks in the past. He said they will now be removed from the area near the beach.

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