The seven-year-old girl wanted to have a picture with the elephant at the zoo in Rabat, Morocco. She was really excited about the visit. It was impossible to imagine such a tragedy.
The girl’s dad lifted her up on his shoulders outside the elephant enclosure so her mum could take a photograph of the two of them with their back to the animals. That’s when the elephant, named Assia, picked up a large stone with its trunk and threw it into the air, hitting the child on the back of the head.
She was knocked unconscious and died in a nearby hospital. Footage taken by another visitor on a mobile phone showed her lying on the ground being tended to by staff as her family gathered around.
“Accidents of this type are rare, unforeseeable and unusual. But happened in international zoos, most recently in Disney World Orlando and the Cincinnati Zoo in the United States,” said a zoo spokesman. However, the institution was criticized for not having an ambulance.