Woman Seriously Injured By Elephant in Levy County
WILLISTON - Florida Fish and Wildlife reports a woman has been seriously injured by an elephant at the Two Tails Ranch in Williston...and she's been in the hospital from that injury since the end of August.
TV20 has been to the ranch several times on other stories.
The injury happened on August 26th but the incident was not reported until almost a month later.
The woman who was injured - Diane Bedard - was not the one to call in the report, rather PETA received an anonymous tip and then alerted the FWC.
The ranch owner did not return our calls, but the FWC says they are still investigating exactly what happened to the woman.
Karen Parker, Florida Fish and Wildlife: "A woman was seriously injured when she got too close to an elephant cage and we don't have a lot of details on it my investigator has not been able to speak to her yet because she is still in the hospital."
The FWC says the woman is still too injured right now for an interview with their investigator.
They add that the ranch did not break any laws when they did not report the incident because only bites and animal escapes must be reported.
However, they will be charging the ranch with a citation for maintaining an animal in an unsafe enclosure resulting in the injury of a person...a misdemeanor.
Several calls to the ranch owner were not returned.
The FWC says the woman injured and the ranch owner are friends.
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