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"Suddenly and without warning it went berserk"
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Friday, 5 May, 2000, 12:48 GMT 13:48 UK
Elephant attack father faces operation
Thailand
Lethal attack on the crowd by elephant at the show
The father of a trainee nurse killed by a performing elephant could face further operations in a Thai hospital.

Geoff Taylor is expected to have a skin graft after his leg was gored by the rampaging bull elephant which killed his daughter Andrea, 20, when they visited an animal park in Pattaya in April.

Geoff Taylor
Geoff Taylor: Facing skin graft operation
His elder daughter, Helen, 23, a technical manager from St Helen's in Merseyside, has already been discharged from hospital after surgery for internal injuries suffered in the attack.

Nurse Pranee Noppakij, from the Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital, said Mr Taylor was to have a skin graft on his leg.

She added that it was not known when Mr Taylor would be able to return to his home in Billinge, near Wigan.

Compensation offer

The accident happened when a rogue bull elephant went berserk during a performance at the privately-run Suan Nongnuch animal park.

Mr Taylor, 53, and his daughters were sitting in the front row when the 18-year-old elephant charged in to the crowd, and trampled and gored Andrea.

Mr Taylor and Helen were injured as they tried to pull Andrea, a student at Huddersfield University, to safety.

The park managers are believed to have offered compensation for the death and injuries but will not face criminal prosecution.

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