Joaquin Gutierrez Arnaiz Bio – Wiki
Joaquin Gutierrez Arnaiz has been killed by an elephant in Spain after the animal hit him with its trunk.
Arnaiz, smashed his head on the iron bars of the enclosure after the elephant tried to protect her calf.
He was 44 years old.
Killed By Elephant
An animal handler died after one of the elephants he looked after accidentally hit him with her trunk.
Arnaiz hit his head on iron bars which formed part of the animal’s security enclosure after being whacked by the large mammal, who was with her calf.
The 44-year-old rushed to Marques de Valdecilla University Hospital after being assisted by two colleagues but died around three hours after being struck just after 11 am on Tuesday.
Police have launched an investigation into the incident, which occurred at Cabarceno Natural Park, a zoo near Santander, Spain.
The death has been described as the “first fatal accident” of its kind in the park’s 30-year history.
Francisco Javier Lopez Marcano, regional tourism and industry councillor, paid tribute to Joaquin, who started working at Cabarceno in 2002.
“We are deeply shocked,” Francisco said.
“The loss of such a young and popular person has caused great pain.
“He was a great lover of elephants and his work.”
Cantabrian president Miguel Angel Revilla said: “Nothing like this had ever happened.
“Joaquin was an extraordinary person. Rest in peace.”
Friends and colleagues are due to pay tribute to Joaquin in a midday ceremony at the park.
Well-wisher Mery Bravo added: “Rest in peace, What a tragedy.
“However experienced you are you can never lower your guard.