New details in the death of a Knoxville zookeeper

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- A review team rules the death of a Knoxville zookeeper as an accident, but they say Edie the elephant may have an aggressive behavior pattern.

Both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or the AZA, *and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources say the Knoxville Zoo meets all standards in their handling of the zoo's elephants.

But three previous reports from the AZA show the accident was not a first for Edie.

Edie killed her handler, Stephanie James, back in January when she pushed her.

The Knoxville Zoo says they'll look at how they handle elephants in the future.

Right now the keepers are protected through a barrier when working with the elephants.


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