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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Apr 13, 2005
Location: Polk City, Florida

Animal: Asian Elephant
Animal Disposition: removed/re-housed

Facility Type: Circus
Facility Name: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Category: Attack resulting in human injury
Species: Elephant

Summary: Tova, a 36-year-old female Asian elephant, kicked her elephant trainer at the Ringling Bros. Circus’s elephant breeding facility. The man was airlifted to the hospital and suffered a fractured pelvis and soft tissue wounds. Tova was disciplined with temporary isolation from her peers. Bruce Read, vice president of animal stewardship for the center, said, “This is normal elephant behavior.”

Source: The Ledger

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