Saturday, January 15, 2011

Trainer crushed by elephant at Tennessee zoo

Sad news out of the Tennessee today. An 8,000-pound elephant at a Tennessee zoo backed a trainer into a wall and crushed her to death, and the zoo said on Saturday it had temporarily closed its elephant exhibit. The trainer was taken to nearby University of Tennessee Medical Center, where she died Friday of internal injuries. Rolen said Edie, one of three zoo elephants, will not be punished or disciplined in any way. "Our training program is based on positive reinforcement," she said. The zoo was open on Saturday but the elephant display was closed. Our thoughts and prayers go out everyone involved in this tragic event.

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