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An elephant killed a girl after throwing stone in her

An elephant killed a girl after throwing stone in herA seven-year-old girl was injured after being hit by a stone thrown by an elephant from its enclosure at Rabat Zoo in Morocco. She was knocked unconscious and died in a nearby hospital.

The female elephant named Assia, picked up the large stone in its trunk and threw it into the air, hitting the girl on the back of the head.

The stone got past the elephant's fence and a ditch separating the animal and visitors, the zoo said in a statement.

The girl was taken to hospital and died within a few hours, the zoo added.

The zoo statement said the enclosure met international standards and said "this kind of accident is rare, unpredictable and unusual".

The moments after the girl died at Rabat Zoo on Tuesday were filmed by a bystander and uploaded onto YouTube. The girl is seen lying on the ground being tended to by staff. The video also shows the elephant waving its trunk behind a fence and swerves round to show a stone on the ground.
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