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Circus trainer trampled by elephant in Cork

The incident occurred at the same circus where an elephant escaped from this week. The trainer’s injuries are not said to be life-threatening.

Handlers try to capture an elephant who escaped from the same circus earlier this week.
Handlers try to capture an elephant who escaped from the same circus earlier this week.
Image: Screengrab via YouTube.

A CIRCUS TRAINER is being treated in hospital after he was trampled by an elephant yesterday evening in Cork.

The trainer, who is in his 40s, attempted to intercept two elephants at the Courtney Brothers Circus in Sunbeam, Blackpool in Cork at around 5.30pm last night when he was trampled.

He was taken to Cork University Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.

It is the second incident involving an elephant from the circus in Blackpool this week.

On Tuesday, an elephant escaped from the circus compound and made his way to an nearby car park before later being captured by two circus workers and escorted back to the compound.

That incident prompted a protest outside the circus in Cork yesterday by members of the Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) which said that the trampling incident highlighted a need to legislate for the banning of animal acts in circuses.

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“We’ve been warning almost weekly that the use of wild animals and elephants in traveling circuses poses not only serious animal welfare problems, but also a significant public safety risk,” ARAN spokesperson Joe Carmody said.

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