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Zoo "extremely upset at keepers actions"

Twycross Zoo said in a statement today that everyone at the zoo is extremely upset by the alleged beating of an elephant by keepers:

"Tywcross Zoo has a zero tolerance towards such behaviour. This case involved rogue individuals, acting in complete disregard to their moral, contractual and legal requirements. Everyone at the zoo is extremely upset at their actions."

– Twycross Zoo Spokeperson

Zoo sacked three keepers for allegedly beating an elephant

Twycross elephants: Three zoo keepers have been sacked for allegedly beating one of these animals above Credit: ITV Central

Twycross Zoo says it has sacked three keepers after they allegedly discovered elephants were being mistreated.

"The zoo responded to the situation immediately by telling the Leicestershire police of the issue, who are investigating the matter. The relevant zoo authorities were also informed."

The Zoo said the elephant that was 'mistreated' are being regularly checked by veterinary experts who say they are well and behaving normally.

Three men have been arrested and bailed in connection with the abuse of the elephant.

Investigation launched after elephant allegedly beaten by zoo keepers

Police say the three men arrested and questioned in connection with the alleged beating of an elephant have been bailed.

Leicestershire Police said:

"We are currently carrying out an investigation in connection with the unnecessary suffering to an elephant at Twycross Zoo.

"Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident and have been released on police bail pending further inquiries."

– Leicestershire Police