Elephant kills Vietnamese zookeeper

2013-12-24 08:29
A rogue wild elephant suspected of killing several people across the southern plains of Nepal walks through a field. (AFP, file)

A rogue wild elephant suspected of killing several people across the southern plains of Nepal walks through a field. (AFP, file)

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Hanoi - A Vietnamese zookeeper was killed by a two ton elephant after he tried to sneak into its cage to paint a fence, an official said on Tuesday.

"The elephant lifted him up with his trunk and smashed him onto a water tank next to the cage," said Nguyen Van Sang, an official at the Dai Nam tourism centre where the zoo is located in southern Binh Duong province.

He said the victim was well known by the elephant, which had been at the zoo since the age of 2 in 2008.

The handler, Doan Huu Tai, 27, was rushed to hospital after the attack on Monday but did not survive, Sang said.

According to state media, a tiger from the same zoo killed one man and injured two others in 2009.
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