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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Aug 22, 2001
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Animal: Elephant
Animal Disposition: unknown

Facility Type: Non-accredited Zoo
Facility Name: unknown

Category: Escape of animal, Attack resulting in human injury
Species: Elephant

Summary: A 40-year-old elephant, Mamie, spooked by something she saw, broke free from her handlers and injured two elephant handlers. She broke through a metal gate and charged onto a wood patio. The patio was not designed to hold her weight and began to break, upsetting her more. The injured employees suffered head gashes and one had a broken rib.

Source: Knoxville News-Sentinel

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