Elephant kills zookeeper is one phrase that is tragic but true this week, as a female elephant ironically called Patience trampled down one of the keepers this Friday in a Missouri zoo. The grieving elephant, reports Yahoo News this Friday, Oct. 11, had a history of volatile behavior, but may have been acting out of mourning following the death of the elephant herd’s matriarch only days before the incident.
An elephant kills zookeeper swiftly started to trend on major search engines following Patience charging at an experienced zookeeper, John Phillips Bradford, age 62, earlier this morning. Zoo and police officials are still uncertain the reason why Patience suddenly turned aggressive and attacked the elephant manager, who has worked with the elephants for years and been with the Missouri zoo for decades.
Recent reports have surfaced, however, that the giant female elephant had a history of rather volatile behavior. This may have been exacerbated by the grieving elephant having lost its matriarch, having been put to sleep a few days prior. None could have expected the tragedy of Patience of trampling down a zookeeper, though.
"This is very sad day for the zoo family, as well as our community as a whole," said Mike Crocker, director of the Dikerson Park Zoo in Springfield.
A few other staff members were present when Bradford was charged down, just before 9 a.m., and felt helpless to stop the tragic incident.
"He was a very experienced animal manager," city spokeswoman Cora Scott told AFP. "We haven't had a situation like this happen before."
Zoo keepers had to euthanize Connie, the matriarch, late last week after a kidney disease was killing her, preventing her from standing or eating. The zoo is remaining open, but Patience the elephant’s fate is not yet known.
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