Williston elephant mishap under investigation

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

State officials are still investigating an incident involving an elephant at Williston’s Two Tails Ranch that left a woman critically injured and unable to talk about what happened.

“It’s definitely still under investiagtion,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesperson Karen Parker said Tuesday morning. “We don’t really know what happened.”

The injured woman, still critical in the hospital, was found at the ranch, owned by Patricia Zerbini, Aug. 26, Parker said, but there were no witnesses to the incident, just “a lot of assumptions.”

The elephant suspected of causing the injuries is a sub-adult Asian elephant named Rajah, Parker said, but it’s unclear if the animal attacked the woman, as alleged by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in a press release sent out Friday.

PETA, receiving an anonymous tip on the matter, alerted FWC Sept. 17, according to Parker.

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