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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Nov 18, 2002
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Animal: African Elephant
Animal Disposition: unknown

Facility Type: Accredited AZA Zoo
Facility Name: Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

Category: Attack resulting in human death
Species: Elephant

Summary: An 18-year-old female African elephant knocked her handler to the ground with her head and crushed him to death. The incident occurred at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium during a routine morning walk of the elephant and her 3-year-old baby on the zoo’s African Savannah trail before the zoo opened.

Source: Associated Press

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