An elephant attacked and killed its zookeeper today, a man who had worked with the animal for a long time. According to CBS News on Oct. 11, the elephant charged at John Bradford, 62, at a southwest Missouri zoo on Friday.
The 41-year-old female elephant named Patience, was housed at the Springfield Zoo since 1990. For the past 25 of his 30 years with the zoo, Bradford has worked as the zoo’s elephant manager.
The incident happened within the elephant habitat and Bradford had several other zoo employees with him because of Patience history of being aggressive. The zoo was home to four elephants, two male and two female, until a female elephant died a few days ago, now there are three.
Zoo officials did not know what Patience's fate would be after charging and killing her trainer. The zoo staff is mourning the loss of an employee and a friend today.