In Kerala, India, an elephant trainer was accidentally crushed to death after he hit the elephant so hard the man lost his balance and fell underneath the animal.
According to Mail Online, video of Arun Panikkar, 40, showed the caretaker washing the elephant and could be seen trying to make the animal lie down so he could clean his back. When the elephant protested, Panikkar hit it with a stick, but as he beat the animal, he lost his balance and fell – just as the elephant sat down and landed on the man’s head.
An assistant rushed into view of the camera and is than seen trying to move the elephant, but the animal wouldn’t budge. Finally he uses a huge stick to get the animal to stand and pulled Panikkar from underneath; it was too late – the man had been killed instantly from a crushed skull.
An investigation is ongoing. The elephant is owned by a local hospital trust.
(Photos via screenshot from Asia Wire)