via stuff.co.nzShocked to read that Helen Schofield had been killed last night. There was some confusion when the first reports described her as a vet, then a keeper, but of course she was both, running the Franklin Zoo near Auckland and caring for Mila, the animal rehomed from a circus life.
As well as the article at the link above, we have others - http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/6807669/Nervous-elephant-crushes-zoo-carer
and the one about her former circus owner and his attempts to visit her.
A friend of mine is currently touring Thailand, India etc and there are photos of him with elephants - he said he could not stop grinning. I know how he feels - my visit to Kashin at Auckland Zoo, behind the scenes, before she died was so memorable. There is something magical about them, but like all zoo animals, their unpredictability and sheer size are a constant danger.
I wonder what decision will be made about Mila now.