A schoolgirl died at a zoo after being hit in the head with a rock hurled at her by an elephant in a freak accident in Morocco.
The seven-year-old child was taking a picture outside the elephant’s enclosure with her family when the tragedy struck at the zoo in the Moroccan capital Rabat.
A female elephant named Assia picked up a large stone with her trunk and threw it at the girl, hitting her on the back of the head. The child was knocked unconscious and died later in a nearby hospital.
A girl has died after an elephant (pictured) hurled a rock (bottom right) at her head from its enclosure at a zoo in Morocco.
A video taken by a bystander and shared on social media has captured the girl lying on the ground being tended to by staff as her devastated family is gathered round her.
And here are the highlights:
Rabat Zoo in Morocco said their female African elephant, named Assia (pictured), was involved in the deadly incident.
The girl was filmed by a bystander lying on the ground being tended to by staff as her anguished family gathered round her.
Footage taken by a bystander on a mobile phone showed the large rock on the floor after it was thrown by the animal.
Zoo staff and witnesses gathered round the girl to try and save her but she later died in hospital.
Although this incident appears to be a freak accident, elephants can quickly turn aggressive if they feel stressed, sick or harassed.
The tragedy involving the elephant is the first of its kind since the zoo opened in 2012.
A crowd of people tried to help the girl but some social media users commented that the zoo should have its own ambulance station.
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