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Elephant Attacks Indiana Zookeeper

November 9, 1998

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ An elephant bludgeoned a zookeeper with its trunk, breaking the woman’s ribs.

Leslie Mackie, 28, was in fair condition Monday.

She was bathing four elephants at the Indianapolis Zoo on Sunday when Cita, a 29-year-old female that has been aggressive toward other elephants, raised her head in a threatening manner toward another of the animals.

When Ms. Mackie told Cita, ``No,″ the animal turned and struck the woman several times with her trunk, zoo spokeswoman Judith Gagen said.

Ms. Mackie lost consciousness briefly, and when she came to she called for help to other keepers.

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