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Zookeeper crushed by elephant


MADISON (WKOW) -- An 8,000 pound elephant will not be put down or punished after backing an experienced zookeeper into a wall and crushing her to death at a Knoxville, Tennessee zoo.

Stephanie James, 33, was performing routine chores in the elephant stall at the Knoxville Zoo when Edie, a 26-year-old elephant, pushed her into the wall. James later died from internal injuries.

The zoo temporarily closed its elephant exhibit on Saturday, and says it is changing procedures for how its other elephant trainers work with Edie and the zoo's other female elephant.

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