Zookeeper Crushed by Elephant Fights for Her Life

John Schriffen has the story of an experience trainer's unfortunate accident.
3:00 | 10/21/12

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Another story about a zookeeper fighting for her life after being crushed by an elephant. Her heart actually stopped beating for a while. It's another reminder even the most experienced animal trainers are putting themselves at risk. John schriffen is here with more. This horrific accident happened when the experienced trainer was inside the elephant barn. In recent months, we have seen more and more vicious attacks on animal handlers. Seen here as a young calf in 2010, this mraufl pachyderm is now an adolescent. The elephant pinned her up against one of the fence's poles. The 40-year-old was in the process of trying to show the elephants how to bathe when mr. Shuffles challenged her authority. She did briefly say what happened. The patient went into cardiac arrest. By all accounts, the senior zookeeper dedicated her life to the elephant's well-being. This is just the latest incident following a summer of animal attacks. In august, a crowd of this ohio fair was in shock when elephant chomped down on a trainer's arm as his partner tried to free There was no muscle damage. Reporter: Back in june, an american graduate student wasn't as lucky, the 26-year-old was mauled by two chimps at the jane goodall institute. Now, in each of these attacks experts say that the animal were reacting as they would in the wild. They're investigating the incident. Thanks, john. Can't blame the animals. Coming up on "good morning america" -- clooney on the stand.

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