Elephant tramples keeper to death in Japan while attacking its baby
Published on Oct 16, 2012 1:17 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - An elephant trampled its keeper to death at a Japanese zoo on Tuesday as he tried to stop the gigantic animal from attacking its new-born calf, police and reports said.
Inthavong Khamphone, who was from Laos, had watched the elephants overnight with other keepers at Fuji Safari Park after the mother gave birth on Sunday, police said.
"Khamphone entered the cage with another keeper because the mother started attacking the baby," a local police officer said. "The mother then started attacking Khamphone."
The 30-year-old was an elephant specialist who had been working with the creatures for around 15 years.
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