“It was a friend … we’re all grieving,” Berglund said. “I myself was involved and it could not have been done in any other way,” Berglund told Swedish media, according to UPI. “We were going to feed the animals and suddenly it attacked, we have never had any problems with those animals before,” he said. Berglund said that despite the attack, the eland that killed the handler is still at the zoo and will not be euthanized. However, he said, the animal might be moved to another zoo.
Animal caretaker at Öland’s Zoo killed by an eland antelope on Sunday, while handling the animals. Police calls it an accident, but a routine investigation has started to look into the details. The zoo had already closed for the day during the time of the incident. #Sweden— The Nordic Reporter (@nordicreporter) August 29, 2022
Police said the incident is being treated as a workplace accident, according to Sky News. Elands are found in 17 African countries. Males can weigh as much as 2,200 pounds, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. In March, some elands were among a group of animals that wandered away from a pen at the Toronto Zoo due to a failure of a latch, the zoo announced. At the time, the animals were described as “non-threatening.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
The owner of the Swedish park said he and his friend were bringing elands – the world’s biggest antelopes – into their stable when the attack happened. https://t.co/4xge83Ga0R— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 29, 2022