Zookeeper in southwest Missouri killed by elephant
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A longtime zookeeper in southwest Missouri has been killed by an elephant.
City spokeswoman Cora Scott says 62-year-old John Bradford was died Friday after an elephant made a sudden movement at the Dickinson Park Zoo. No other zoo employees were injured.
Scott initially said the elephant Bradford, based on early reports from the scene. But she later changed that account based on new information.
Bradford worked at the zoo for 30 years and had been the zoo's elephant manager for 25 years.
The elephant, a 41-year-old female named Patience, had been at the zoo since 1990. Zoo officials said that Patience won't be euthanized and that no disciplinary action will be taken with her. The zoo opened as usual on Friday, although the elephants aren't on exhibit.