Thursday, February 2, 2006

 

Zoo elephant tramples boy to death

`A 13-year-old boy who entered an elephant’s open-air cage to feed it a mango was crushed to death on Tuesday. [..]

“Maia understood that its territory had been invaded by a stranger, which is why the elephant trapped Guillermo with the trunk, taking him by the legs and then crushing him with one of its front feet,” said Carlos Britos, a veterinarian and director of the zoo.

He described the 35-year-old elephant as docile and obedient with him and other handlers. [..]

“She obeyed and let go of the child, but he was already dead,” he said.’




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