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African Lion Safari trainer seriously injured in elephant attack

African Lion Safari trainer seriously injured in elephant attack

In 2005, a couple mauled by a tiger at African Lion Safari in 1996 were awarded almost $3 million in the couple’s lawsuit against the park.

The park has 750 acres where animals roam freely in contained reserves and visitors can view them through their own vehicles or on the park‘s tour buses.

Hamilton police sent out a tweet just after 3:30 p.m. Friday with information that they had responded to African Lion Safari after the attack.

The Ministry of Labour, which investigates workplace accidents, has been contacted, police said.

A ministry spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

The elephant attack had animal rights advocates taking to twitter to denounce the captivity of wild animals — and prompted two groups to send statements to The Spectator.

Melissa Matlow, with World Animal Protection in Toronto, said while her organization’s thoughts are with the injured trainer, “Sadly, this is another crucial reminder that elephants are wild animals and they belong in their natural environment.”

cfragomeni@thespec.com

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cfragomeni@thespec.com

905-526-3392 | @CarmatTheSpec

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