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Police exonerate elephant for throwing woman across field

DPA/The Local · 3 Sep 2010, 14:31

Published: 03 Sep 2010 14:31 GMT+02:00

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Officers in the German state of Thuringia announced they had finished their investigation of the incident and concluded that the 42-year-old woman was to blame because she had ventured inside the pachyderm’s pen.

The woman had taken her 10-year-old daughter to the circus on August 28, where they took advantage of an intermission to go and look at some animals on display behind the big top.

There, an elephant grabbed her purse with its trunk and began rummaging around for a snack. When she went into the pen after it, the animal grabbed her, catapulting her several metres through the air.

The fall left her briefly unconscious, and she sustained severe bruising, a police spokeswoman said.

Witnesses and circus workers told investigators that the elephant, which was shackled at the feet, had not behaved aggressively. Instead it was simply curious and hungry, she said.

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State prosecutors have taken over the case.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

15:14 September 3, 2010 by Legal E
It got off on a Trunknacality
06:21 September 4, 2010 by ColoSlim
They Trunkated her argument.
14:24 September 4, 2010 by NigelSilke
It¦#39;s an indictment of the sickness of humanity that an elephant as an intelligent family driven and long lived creature is shackled in the back of a Circus. Check out Dr Google on how they live in the wild -- and pity their hopeless Circus lives.
11:23 September 6, 2010 by Darrell
Tusk, tusk!!
18:21 September 6, 2010 by Prufrock2010
And if the cops had not "exonerated" the elephant, then what? They'd put him on trial?
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