Spanish zookeeper killed by elephant ‘unintentionally’ smashing him together with her trunk whereas defending calf

Spanish zookeeper killed by elephant ‘accidentally’ smashing him with her trunk while protecting calf

A ZOOKEEPER has been killed by an elephant in Spain after the animal hit him with its trunk.

Joaquin Gutierrez Arnaiz, 44, smashed his head on the iron bars of the enclosure after the elephant tried to guard her calf.


Joaquin Gutierrez Arnaiz was killed within the zoo’s ‘first deadly accident’[/caption]


He his his head on the iron bars of the enclosure[/caption]

He was rushed to hospital after two colleagues desperately tried to avoid wasting him, however died round three hours after being struck, simply after 11am yesterday.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident, which occurred at Cabarceno Pure Park, a zoo close to Santander and historically one of many most important vacationer points of interest of the area of Cantabria which the northern Spanish port metropolis is the capital of.

It has been described because the “first deadly accident” of its type within the park’s 30-year historical past.

Associates and colleagues are as a result of pay tribute to Joaquin in a noon ceremony on the park, a global centre of reference within the replica and care of African elephants.

His bosses confirmed in an announcement: “A employee on the Cabarceno Pure Park has died after being hit by one of many elephants.

“The accident occurred at 8.30am on Tuesday outdoors the stables of the pachyderms, as every day cleansing and launch of the animals started.

“Joaquin Gutierrez Arnaiz, 44, was in an intermediate safety hall the elephants use to enter and exit their stables in an orderly trend when he was hit by the elephant’s trunk.


“The elephant is a feminine who was together with her calf in one of many massive yards. Joaquin hit his head in opposition to the enclosure railings as he fell.

“Two colleagues who have been with him dialled 999 and Joaquin was transferred to hospital by ambulance. He died at 11.15am.

“Police and Civil Guard have been to the park and initiated an investigation to make clear the reason for the accident.

“Joaquin’s demise has brought on nice commotion amongst his colleagues and Cantur, the publicly-owned firm which manages the park.

“That is the primary deadly accident that has occurred at Cabarceno Pure Park in 30 years.”

Regional tourism and trade councillor Francisco Javier Lopez Marcano, paying tribute to Joaquin who began working at Cabarceno in 2002 and was described as one in all its most veteran elephant keepers,  added: “We’re deeply shocked. The lack of such a younger and in style individual has brought on nice ache.

“He was a fantastic lover of elephants and his work.”

Cantabrian president Miguel Angel Revilla stated: “Nothing like this had ever occurred. Joaquin was a unprecedented individual. Relaxation in peace.”

Nicely-wisher Mery Bravo added: “Relaxation in peace, What a tragedy.

“Nonetheless skilled you’re you may by no means decrease your guard. Animals react out of concern or to guard their younger. My condolences to Joaquin’s household.”

Alberto Puche Hernandez stated: “Animals are unpredictable. I’m certain Joaquin loved taking care of them. This can be a actual tragedy. My sincerest condolences to his household.”

Cabarceno Pure Park is positioned in a former open-pit iron mine. Cantur, the tourism firm which manages it, is owned by the regional authorities of Cantabria.

It’s house to virtually 120 animal species together with wolves, tigers, lions and jaguars from 5 continents residing in semi-captive circumstances, together with massive enclosures the place a number of species co-exist.

The pure surroundings of the park contains gorges, lakes and rock formations.

The park collaborates in behavioural research of the male African elephant by way of non-invasive strategies to additional perceive the explanation for prime aggression proven by male elephants at sure occasions of the 12 months.

is a member of IAZA (the Iberian Affiliation of Zoos and Aquaria) and EAZA (the European Affiliation of Zoos and Aquaria), which helps preserve, defend, and restore endangered species threatened by extinction.

Final summer season, a tiger “grabbed a feminine keeper by the neck” and killed her in entrance of shocked guests, together with a toddler, say eyewitnesses.

Zurich Zoo employees rushed to the 55-year-old’s help and tried to resuscitate her however “sadly all assist got here too late,” police spokeswoman Judith Hoedl stated.

The zoo stated the lady’s demise “is extraordinarily tragic and Zurich Zoo is deeply affected.


Associates and colleagues are as a result of pay tribute to Joaquin in a noon ceremony on the park[/caption]