When Animals Attack: 62-Year-Old Zookeeper Killed By Stampeding Female Elephant

- By Bossip Staff

What set the elephant off?

Man Killed By Stampeding Female Elephant

Maybe some of these animals attack because they’re tired of being caged…still what a messed up way to die.

According to The NY Daily News

A senior zookeeper at a Missouri zoo was tragically killed by a rampaging elephant Friday, a spokeswoman confirmed.

Springfield city spokeswoman Cora Scott told the News-Leader that 62-year-old John Bradford was killed Friday morning by a stampeding female elephant named Patience.

The veteran worker had been with the Dickerson Park Zoo for nearly 30 years, the paper reported. According to KY3.com, other handlers had been in the pen when the 41-year-old pachyderm, who has had behavioral issues in the past, charged.

Ambulances rushed to the zoo early Friday morning and left about an hour later. Officials will continue to investigate.

Tragedy struck the elephant enclosure earlier this month when another of the zoo’s five elephants, Connie, died.

Zoo officials said the Dickerson Zoo will remain open despite Bradford’s death.

If the elephant had a history of behavioral issues, then special precaution should have been taken to prevent this tragedy. A man is dead and the zoo is still open–sad.


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