Man, 84, killed by runaway elephant in France
MELUN, France (AFP) - An 84-year-old man was killed near Paris when an elephant belonging to a local circus escaped from its pen and hit him with its trunk, police said on Monday.
The elephant performed as usual on Sunday afternoon in Lizy-sur-Ourcq - some 50km from Paris - and was then taken back to its open-air enclosure.
Witnesses described how the elephant had grabbed a tarpaulin and placed it over the electric fence surrounding its pen, before breaking through barriers and trailers that formed a second enclosure.
The elephant then moved towards the elderly man and struck him with its trunk, slamming him to the ground.