Elephant kills trainer at Japan zoo
An elephant whacked a trainer with its trunk and killed him at a Japanese zoo yesterday, police said. Wichai Madee from Thailand was washing an elephant with a colleague at Adventure World in Wakayama prefecture when the animal swung its trunk and hit him. “The person was pushed hard and hit either the cage or the ground and hit his head,” a police spokesman said. The 37-year-old trainer was taken to hospital but later died. The incident occurred before the zoo opened its doors to the public.