A zoo employee in Spain died when an elephant hit him along with her trunk, throwing him towards the bars of her enclosure, native officers confirmed.
Joaquin Gutierrez Arnaiz, aged 44, was hit by a 4.4-ton feminine African elephant in Cabarceno Natural Park in Cantabria, northern Spain, on Wednesday.
Guttierez Arnaiz was rushed to the Marques de Valdecilla University Hospital, the place he died from his accidents.
At the time of the accident, workers had been cleansing the elephants’ compound.
Local police, the Civil Guard, and the zoo are investigating the incident.
Francisco Javier Lopez Marcano, Cantabria’s Tourism Minister, mentioned in an announcement to Spanish media that the elephant that struck Guttierez Arnaiz had a foot an infection and was in all probability pregnant.
The keeper was within the outside patio space, washing down the surfaces and monitoring how the animal’s foot was therapeutic. The elephant was along with her calf on the time.
“We are talking about highly unpredictable animals,” Lopez Marcano mentioned, including: “The force of the strike was tremendous, on a scale that none of us could survive.”
He blamed the occasions on an absence of warning. “From the outset it’s an accident that has been caused by someone who, following their daily routine, was too trusting at a fatal moment,” he mentioned.
“That is the only reason that perhaps in certain circumstances a tragedy like this can occur,” Lopez Marcano added.
According to Cantabria’s regional authorities, that is the primary deadly accident within the zoo’s 30-year historical past.