Elephant steps on trainer breaking his ribs

Taiyo, left, the Asian elephant, is pictured in this file photo in Miyazaki, April 15, 2006.
Taiyo, left, the Asian elephant, is pictured in this file photo in Miyazaki, April 15, 2006.

2010-07-26 - Miyazaki, Japan
A trainer who was cleaning an elephant pen at Phoenix Zoo here suffered broken ribs and other injuries July 25 when Taiyo, a male Asian elephant, used his trunk to knock the trainer down and stepped on him. Police said the trainer is a 27-year-old Thai male, who has been in charge of Taiyo, 10, since he was introduced to the zoo around five years ago.

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