Missouri Zookeeper Killed by Charging Elephant

A 41-year-old elephant named Patience charged and killed a Springfield, Missouri, zookeeper who had come to feed her Friday.

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A zookeeper died in the elephant enclosure at Dickerson Park Zoo Friday. (credit KYTV via CNN)

John Phillip Bradford, 62, died in the elephant enclosure at Dickerson Park Zoo, according to Springfield Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Cox. He was the manager of elephants, and had worked at the zoo for 30 years, according to a zoo statement.

Bradford was in the enclosure with two other workers when Patience charged him. The other two workers were unharmed, Cox said.

What set off the incident is unclear.

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