Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Whats the worst animal to hit while driving? An elephant!

This is a tragic story out of Mexico. A escapee circus elephant got loose and a bus hit it killing the driver. I firmly believe that circus people don't have the proper training to deal with large animals like this.

A five-tonne elephant was killed by a bus after it escaped from a circus in Mexico, and wandered onto a busy highway.

Telegraph-I know in Maine if you strike a animal with your car your allowed to keep the meat? I wonder what the rule is in Mexico? Looks like someone already took the tusks.

Bus driver Tomas Lopez, 49, also died and at least four passengers were taken to hospital after the accident, which happened just before dawn on Tuesday in Ecatepec, north of Mexico City.

The elephant had escaped from its cage at the Circo Union circus, according to Mexico State police spokesman Juan Sanchez, who said officers were still investigating the circumstances.

It is understood that the 40-year-old animal, named Hilda, broke free as her keeper arrived to feed her.

She apparently knocked down a metal door that led to the street and wandering through two neighbourhoods before trying to cross the road.

Marcelino Ramos, 22, keeper at the Circo Union circus, told El Universal daily newspaper: "I untied her so she could eat. She never did this before, but suddenly she ran at full speed and broke through the gate."

Police said the bus driver stood no chance of avoiding the elephant as it charged onto the road near the famous Teotihuacan pyramids.

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