Woman killed by an elephant at zoo
A woman keeper has been killed by an elephant at Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary, south of Auckland, New Zealand.
Emergency services were called to the zoo about 4.30pm on Wednesday.
The woman was in the enclosure when the elephant got a sudden fright and wrapped its trunk around her.
Mila, an African elephant formerly known as Jumbo, moved to the zoo in 2009 after being the centre of a campaign by animal rights groups. She had been in the care of the SPCA after finishing a career with Weber Brothers Circus.
Ms Schofield spent the last two years of her life rehabilitating and caring for Mila the elephant and starred on TVNZ 7's Animal Academy.
Ms Schofield was the director and owner of Franklin Zoo.
According to friends, she received Mila as a traumatised circus animal but quickly helped her recover by letting her roam in the open spaces around the Tuakau sanctuary.
A friend of Ms Schofield, Daren McDonald says she was dedicated to the elephant.
“She would spent 24 hours a day literally looking after it and she even had a couch where she would sleep next to the elephant in case it needed help.”
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