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Elephant throws rock and kills 7-year-old girl trying to take a picture at zoo

By Mason White 7:00 AM August 2, 2016
Elephant (illustration) 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A young girl has died while visiting a zoo with her family, according to police in Morocco.

Rabat police said that the 7-year-old girl was at the Rabat Zoo with her family when an elephant threw a rock at her.

The rock hit the girl’s head, and she began bleeding. She was taken to a hospital, where she was declared dead.

According to the police investigation, the girl was trying to take a picture of the female elephant when it threw the rock at her head.

There was no tall fence around the zoo enclosure. Animals and visitors are separated by a ditch and wooden sticks. A spokesperson for the zoo said that this was the first time a visitor was killed by an animal.

They apologized to the family, and said that the zoo meets the requirements of international standards.