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Elephant kills her keeper in zoo

An elephant has killed a keeper caring for her at the New Zealand zoo where the animal was retired after performing in circuses for decades.

Franklin Zoo near Auckland was open at the time but it was not clear whether any visitors saw the events unfold.

Jumbo, also known as Mila, is the sole African elephant at the Franklin Zoo. The 39-year-old elephant arrived four years ago after performing in circuses for 30 years. The zoo built a new enclosure for her in 2010.

African elephants are the world's largest land creatures. They can live for up to 70 years, tend to sleep very little, and eat up to 300lbs of food every day.

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