A Burmese elephant has killed one of its handlers at a park for aging pachyderms in the southeastern U.S. state of Tennessee.
A spokesman for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said the 40-year-old elephant, named Winkie, attacked and killed a 36-year-old woman who was feeding her on Friday. The woman died instantly. A male co-worker who tried to intervene was slightly injured.
The wildlife park hosts about 20 elephants retired from zoos and circuses.
Winkie's fate is not clear. She has a history of attacking her handlers. Winkie was born in Burma and spent much of her life on display at a zoo in Madison, Wisconsin, in the northern United States.