Seven-year-old girl dies from stone throw at Moroccan zoo

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A seven-year-old girl has died after being hit by a stone thrown by an elephant from its enclosure at Rabat Zoo in Morocco.

The stone got past the elephant’s fence and a ditch separating the animal and visitors, the zoo said in a statement.

The girl was taken to hospital and died within a few hours, the zoo added.

The zoo statement said the enclosure met international standards and said “this kind of accident is rare, unpredictable and unusual”.

It went on to point out two other recent incidents in the US:

• In June an alligator killed a two-year-old boy at Walt Disney World in Florida

• In May, zookeepers killed a gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo after a three-year-old boy fell into its enclosure.

The moments after the girl died at Rabat Zoo on Tuesday were filmed by a bystander and uploaded onto YouTube.

The video shows the elephant waving its trunk behind a fence and swerves round to show a stone on the ground.

Metres away people are gathered around the girl, holding her heard and stroking her leg.

Source: BBC News

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