A German man was taking his regular morning stroll when all of a sudden he was killed by an African elephant which had escaped from a nearby circus, according to police. The 65-year-old man was walking in the woods near a southwest Germany town called Buchen, when the elephant attacked him shortly after 5 a.m. The 34-year-old female elephant, called “Baby,” was captured and returned to the circus. Police denied to reveal details of the killing.
Police are now investigating whether someone set the elephant free on purpose, and why the animal acted aggressively toward the man. “There’s evidence of third party involvement,” said Heidelberg police spokeswoman Yvonne Schmierer. “Either someone forgot to shut the enclosure, or the elephant was released intentionally.” Its been reported that the elephant had previously injured people.