Zookeeper Dies After Being Struck By Elephant’s Trunk

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain’s northern Cantabria area are investigating how an elephant killed a employee at an area zoo.

The Cantabrian regional authorities says 44-year-old Joaquín Gutiérrez died in a hospital on Tuesday, a number of hours after a feminine elephant struck him with its trunk whereas he was cleansing its enclosure on the Cabárceno Nature Park close to Santander.

The blow knocked Gutiérrez again and he hit his head towards the pen’s bars, officers mentioned.

Gutiérrez had been working with elephants on the zoo for nearly 20 years, native tourism chief Javier López Marcano mentioned in a press release on the regional authorities’s web site.

The elephant that struck him had a foot an infection and is probably going pregnant, Marcano mentioned. She weighs greater than Four metric tons (4.Four tons) .

Zoo and regional officers couldn’t instantly be contacted Friday.

Police and CANTUR, the regional tourism group that runs Cabárceno, are investigating the assault.

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