Elephant kills James Laurita, co-founder of Hope Elephants

  • An elephant killed James Laurita, the co-founder of Hope Elephants, a home for the animals who had retired, in Maine, United States.

    Police said one of the elephants at the home accidentally stepped on him.

    Fifty-six-year-old Laurita, who had set up the facility together with his brother in 2011, was a former circus elephant handler.

    The board of Hope Elephants said his death had “deeply saddened” them, adding that his “passion for animals” was “boundless.”


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