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Sydney zookeeper hurt in elephant attack

SYDNEY, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A female zookeeper in Australia was seriously injured Friday when a young elephant she was training pinned her against a post, said officials at a Sydney zoo.

The woman was in stable condition in intensive care after being taken to the hospital in critical condition, CNN reported.

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Officials at the Taronga Zoo said the 2 1/2-year-old male calf, Pathi Harn, was in a routine daily training session with the zookeeper when the elephant pushed her against a post in the zoo enclosure.

Two other zookeepers heard her cries and pushed the elephant away, the zoo said.

The zoo said it doesn't know what provoked the calf and that the public was never in danger.

The zookeeper suffered "serious crush injuries," WorkCover, a state workplace safety agency, said in a statement.

The zoo has eight elephants, some of which have been rehabilitated from work camps in Thailand.

The injured zookeeper was not identified out of respect for her family's privacy, the zoo said.

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