Richard Hughes

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Richard Hughes
Richard  Hughes

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Personal details
Country United Kingdom

Title elephant keeper 1998-2001
Location at Chester Zoo in United Kingdom

Biography details

Richard Hughes , private elephant keeper in United Kingdom

Born 1966? in United Kingdom dead 2001-02 in United Kingdom .

2001: Richard Hughes, 34, suffered damage in February when he was butted and thrown against a fence by four- tonne female Asian elephant, Kumara. The heavily-bleeding keeper was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital, where he lost consciousness.
Mr Hughes, who sustained a fractured Skull and shoulder injuries, died 11 days after the attack.

2004: Chester Zoo was fined £25,000 yesterday after it admitted breaching health and safety regulations when an elephant lashed a keeper with its Trunk and crushed him to death against a wall three years ago.

Irene Hughes, the mother of the elephant keeper, Richard Hughes, said she was "very pleased" at the result. "As far as we are concerned they have held their hands up. We are just sorry it took Richard's death for them to realise their failings."

The zoo admitted not carrying out the proper risk assessments, but its director, Gordon Reid, promised that staff had "learned lessons" and the zoo would survive. It also has to pay £50,000 in court costs.

The Guardian

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). elephant keeper Richard Hughes in United Kingdom. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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