Posted by Tommy on September 09, 1998 at 04:39:14:
> PADERBORN, GERMANY - Overzealous zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt fed his
> constipated elephant Stefan 22 doses of animal laxative and more than a
> bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the plugged-up pachyderm finally
> let fly -- and suffocated the keeper under 200 pounds of poop!
> Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the
> ailing elephant an olive-oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded on him
> like a dump truck full of mud. "The sheer force of the elephant's
> unexpected defecation knocked Mr. Riesfeldt to the ground, where he struck
> his head on a rock and lay unconscious as the elephant continued to
> evacuate his bowels on top of him," said flabbergasted Paderborn police
> detective Erik Dern. "With no one there to help him, he lay under all that
> dung for at least an hour before a watchman came along, and during that
> time he suffocated. "It seems to be just one of those freak accidents
> that happen.