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      USDA finds no issues at SW Mo. zoo after death

      Federal inspectors have found no issues with the care and management of an elephant that crushed a zookeeper last month in Springfield.

      Federal inspectors have found no issues with the care and management of an elephant that crushed a zookeeper last month in Springfield.

      The Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/IdSoFM ) reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report last week that found "no non-compliant items." Inspectors went to the zoo last month after the death of 62-year-old John Bradford.

      City officials have said Bradford was killed while moving a 41-year-old elephant named Patience into a chute that connects the barn stalls to the barn yard. Patience hesitated in the approximately 12-foot-long chute. When Bradford reached for her with a guide to coax her forward, she lunged forward. Bradford was knocked into the chute and crushed against the floor.

      The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has also requested a report on Bradford's death.

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