TAIPING: A zoo worker was injured when he was trampled by a male elephant at the Taiping zoo here on Tuesday.
The worker, Mohd Hashim Ishak was subsequently warded at the Taiping hospital here for suspected fractures and internal injuries.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Mohd Hashim,40 said he was cleaning a den where the elephant was kept at about 8am when the animal lunged at him from behind.
“One of the elphant’s tusks hit the side of my chest and the next moment I was pinned down by his foot,” said Ishak who suspected that his left shoulder could be fractured.
Some of his collegues who saw the incident, rushed into the den and pulled him out to safety.
Meanwhile Taiping zoo director Dr Kevin Lazarus said the elephant named Setia, a 17-year-old male, was experiencing a “musth”, a condition where an elephant turns aggresive.
“It depend on each individual animal as the condition, referred by locals as naik minyak, can last from a few days to a few months,” he said.
Dr Lazarus who visited Mohd Hashim at about noon said he believed the injuries caused by Setia was not very serious.