Tyke's troubled life

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Tyke was captured as a baby from Mozambique in 1973 or 1974 after seeing her family killed.

In 1989 in Japan, she broke the leg of a trainer.

In 1993, during the North Dakota State Fair in Minot, N.D., she trampled her handler, breaking several of his ribs, puncturing a lung and separating his clavicle. In Harrisburg, Tyke bolted from a circus tent, according to The Associated Press. She also ran out of a show in Michigan. On April 21, the incident in Altoona, Pa., occurred.

In 1994, Tyke killed his trainer, stepping on his head, in a crowded Honolulu arena, then rampaged the city’s business district before police shot her and zoo officials gave her a lethal injection.

John F. Cuneo Jr.’s Hawthorne Corp. owned Tyke. The U.S. Department of Agriculture cited Hawthorne over the years with beating elephants, giving them electric shocks, providing inadequate food and shelter, not providing veterinary care and not controlling them properly. In 2005, the USDA seized Mr. Cuneo’s 16 elephants.


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