Morocco: Girl dies after zoo elephant throws rock at her

Morocco: Girl dies after zoo elephant throws rock at her
The rock-throwing elephant at the Rabat Zoo. (Image: Screen grab of video posted by Problem Solution, YouTube)

[Ed. – Awful.  Is it just me, or is the news getting weirder and weirder?]

A 7-year-old Moroccan girl has died after a zoo elephant threw a rock at her. …

The girl died a few hours after being transferred to hospital. Video shot by a zoo visitor shows a number of people huddled around the girl and holding her head, which was flowing with blood, while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

The park management said the girl had been hit after the female elephant hurled the rock out of its enclosure. The girl had been in the visitors’ area with her family, looking at the elephant and trying to take a picture.

The Rabat zoo does not use a metal fence to separate the animals from the visitors but has a huge ditch and wooden fence. …

There are no previous records of animals at the zoo causing death or serious injury to visitors.

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