Family, friends say goodbye to zoo keeper crushed by elephant

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DE SOTO, MO (KTVI)-- Family and friends say good bye to longtime zoo keeper John Bradford.

The Festus native was killed when he was crushed by an elephant in Springfield, Missouri Friday morning.

The 62-year-old was trying to move the animal into a chute that connects the barn stalls to the barn yard at the Dickerson Park Zoo.

The animal is a 41-year-old female named Patience.

The zoo says she does not have aggressive behavior and this is simply believed to be an accident.

Zoo officials said that Patience won't be euthanized and that no disciplinary action will be taken.

Elephant kills keeper at Springfield, Missouri, zoo