An elephant escaped from Circus Luna in Germany and killed a 65-year-old man in the woods.
According to The Independent, police in Heilbronn received a call from two people who saw what happened from the road. The man was taking his regular morning walk in the woods when the elephant attacked him.
So far, it is unknown whether Baby, the 34-year-old female elephant, escaped by herself, or whether she was let out. Police are also looking into why she showed so much aggression to the man.
Stimme, a local newspaper, has reported that elephants from the circus had previously injured people. In 2010, a man was thrown into the air by an elephant and was seriously injured. In 2012, a female elephant from Circus Luna, named Benjamin, struck a 12-year-old boy in the face, breaking his jaw. Also, the circus has received criticism from The German branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) for the conditions in which it keeps its animals. (The Independent)
There is no word on what the man’s wife plans to do about her husband’s accidental death. Whether this elephant was provoked or not, the circus should do a better job of keeping its animals secure from now on.