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An elephant in Zimbabwe reportedly trampled a poacher who was attempting to kill the wild animal.
Solomon Manjoro, a suspected poacher, was trampled to death by an elephant in Charara National Park in Gatshe-Gatshe, Kariba, according to the state-run Zimbabwe newspaper The Sunday Mail. Manjoro and his friend Noluck Tafuruka are said to have visited the park between April 19 and 26, armed with two rifles, for the purpose of hunting. The deceased poacher is thought to have tried to shoot the elephant before he was trampled.
A giraffe escaped from an Italian circus in the northern city of Imola, southeast of Bologna, for several hours last Friday.
The 16-foot-tall animal shocked residents as he made his way through the town’s main street. The giraffe, belonging to the Rinaldo Orfei Circus, galloped around the city during rush hour with local police vehicles and circus officials following close behind in a van.
The 2,000-pound animal was on the run for approximately four hours, damaging cars and public property as people looked on in astonishment.
Photos show a group of citizens desperately trying to push the giraffe into a cage while shoving a ladder against the animal’s neck after police finally cornered the giraffe in a grocery store parking lot, where the animal was soon tranquilized.
Due to high levels of stress after being herded through the city streets for four hours, it comes as no surprise the giraffe shortly died of cardiac arrest upon his return to the Rinaldo Orfei Circus.
It’s unfortunate an innocent animal must suffer as a result of the circus’ lack of responsibility. While so many animals escape from zoos and circuses, it should be obvious that animals belong in the wild—or at the very least, we must enforce stricter guidelines upon those who choose to take on the care of a wild animal.