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Elephant kills worker at Knoxville Zoo

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - An experienced elephant keeper at the Knoxville Zoo was killed Friday by an elephant, according to WRCB's NBC partner in Knoxville.

WBIR-TV reports the keeper was working in the elephant barn before 5:00 p.m. with the elephant when the animal pushed her into the wall. An ambulance took Stephanie James to UT Medical Center where she died as a result of internal injuries, according to a news release from the zoo.

A zoo spokesperson told WBIR-TV the elephant was not being aggressive.

Jim Vlna, Knoxville Zoo Executive Director said in the release, "Everyone at Knoxville Zoo is shocked and saddened at the loss of Stephanie. Our prayers are with her parents, Ron and Kris James, and the rest of her family."

James had worked at the Knoxville Zoo for two years.

Click here for more on this developing story from our NBC partners in Knoxville.

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