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Zoo trainer's lungs punctured in elephant attack

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Doctors say a trainer attacked by an
elephant at Ohio's Toledo Zoo suffered life-threatening lung
injuries and is on a ventilator.

However, doctors at the University of Toledo Medical Center say
they expect 53-year-old Don RedFox to recover fully from last
week's encounter with an elephant named Louie.

Dr. Kris Brickman, the emergency department director, said
Tuesday that RedFox is likely to remain hospitalized for weeks and
that complications are possible.

Brickman says RedFox is in critical but stable condition with
fractured ribs and punctured lungs. He is heavily sedated.

The zoo is investigating why Louie pushed down RedFox, the zoo's
elephant manager.

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