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Elephant kills worker at Knoxville Zoo

January 15th, 2011 6:01 am by staff report

KNOXVILLE - An elephant keeper at the Knoxville Zoo was killed Friday when one of the animals she was working with pushed her into a stall.

Stephanie James, who was has worked at the zoo for two years, died as a result of internal injuries after being rushed to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

James' injuries were not as a result of a malicious attack by the female elephant, but that it occurred just from working "in close proximity to such a large animal," said Tina Rolen, the zoo's spokeswoman.

Read the full story on the Knoxville News Sentinel Web site.

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