A zoo idiosyncratic successful Spain has died aft helium was struck by an elephant’s trunk, knocking his caput against the bars of an enclosure, the zoo and section officials said Thursday.
The female elephant, which weighs astir 4,000 kilos (8,800 pounds), whacked the 44-year-old with her trunk connected Wednesday greeting astatine the Cabarceno Natural Park adjacent the bluish metropolis of Santander, the zoo said successful a statement.
The antheral was rushed to infirmary wherever helium died from his injuries immoderate 3 hours later, it added.
At the clip staffers were cleaning the elephant stables arsenic portion of their regular duties and the elephant was with her calf successful the compound.
“We’re talking astir unpredictable animals,” Javier Lopez Marcano, the tourism curate successful the determination authorities of Cantabria which owns the zoo, told reporters.
“The unit of the onslaught was tremendous, of a magnitude that 1 could not survive,” helium added.
Police and the zoo said they had opened an investigation. It is the archetypal specified incidental successful the park’s 31-year history.
Cabarceno Natural Park is location to astir 120 carnal taxon including wolves, tigers, lions and jaguars which unrecorded successful ample enclosures wherever 1 oregon much taxon co-exist.
Last twelvemonth a 46-year-old keeper was mauled by a 200-kilo gorilla astatine Madrid Zoo Aquarium, leaving her with 2 breached arms and thorax and caput injuries.