KUALA LUMPUR: An elephant fatally gored its handler in a nature reserve on the Malaysian side of the island of Borneo, on Christmas Day, park officials said Thursday, reports AFP.
The handler was tending to an injured elephant calf when another captured elephant suddenly gored him "very severely" in the chest, Augustine Tuuga, the director of the park in Sabah state, told AFP.
"This is really an unfortunate incident," Sabah's minister of tourism, culture and environment, Jafry Ariffin, told AFP, adding there would be an investigation.
The park is a sanctuary for 16 Bornean elephants, an endangered species, with only six handlers caring for them.
In December 2011, a wild elephant killed an Australian tourist in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve in eastern Sabah.
Bornean elephants, a native species of the island, are a subspecies of Asian elephants.