Elephant named Patience kills American zookeeper
CHICAGO (AFP) - An elephant named Patience killed a zookeeper in Missouri on Friday, just days after the matriarch of the zoo's elephant herd was put to sleep.
Officials have not yet determined why Patience charged elephant manager John Phillips Bradford, 62, who had worked at the zoo for 30 years.
However, there were reports that the female elephant had a history of aggressive behaviour.
"This is very sad day for the zoo family, as well as our community as a whole," said Mr Mike Crocker, director of the Dikerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri.