Friday, 17 July 2009
06:29:42 PM (GMT)
Bad Day at the Zoo
Paderborn, Germany - Zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt fed his constipated elephant
22 doses of animal laxative and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes. The
plugged-up pachyderm finally let fly. Standing next to his elephant, Mr. Riesfeldt
suffocated under 200 pounds of elephant manure. Investigators say Riesfeldt, 46, was
attempting to give the ailing elephant an enema when the beast unloaded on him.
“The sheer force of the elephant’s unexpected defecation knocked Mr.
Riesfeldt to the ground, where he struck his head on a rock and lay unconscious as
the elephant continued to evacuate his bowels on top of him,” said flabbergasted
police detective Erik Dern. With no one there to help him, he lay under all that
dung for at least an hour before a watchman came along, and during that time he
suffocated. It seems to be just one of those freak accidents.
Bad Day at the Zoo, Part Two
Bordeaux, France - A French zoo director was crushed to death on 1 November by a
frightened hippopotamus. Jean Ducing was cycling around the park in Pessac, near
Bordeaux, when Komir, a seven-year-old male hippo, charged through an electrified
fence after an employee driving a tractor stopped to distribute food. M Ducing, aged
in his 60s, had trained Komir. Posters for the zoo feature a picture of Komir with M
Ducing's head in his mouth. Investigators concluded the animal had fled to Ducing for
protection. AFP – 2 November; International Herald tribune - 3 November