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Elephant Fatally Crushes Pittsburgh Zoo Handler

November 19, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A three-ton elephant crushed her handler to death while being taken for a walk at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, a zoo official said, adding that the accident occurred before the facility opened for the day.

Two zookeepers were walking the 18-year-old female African elephant and her 3-year-old calf when the adult stopped.

When one of the keepers, Mike Gatti, 46, tried to get the animal moving, she hit him, knocked him to the ground, then pinned him with her head, crushing him, the official said.

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