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Elephant ranch under investigation

WILLISTON, Florida (AP) - Wildlife officials are investigating a Williston elephant ranch after a woman was injured there in August.

Diane Bedard, of Brooksville, was critically injured while taking pictures of elephants at Two Tails Ranch on Aug. 26, according to Karen Parker, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Bedard was visiting ranch owner Patricia Zerbini that day. She was found on the ground near the cage, Parker said.

The Gainesville Sun reports Bedard hasn't been able to speak since the incident.

"The details are skimpy," Parker said. "But hopefully we will know more when she wakes up."

The agency learned about the incident on Sept. 17 in a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA officials told the Sun an anonymous tip prompted them to notify the wildlife agency.

Parker said the ranch could be cited for unsafe conditions that resulted in the injury of another person. That is a second-degree misdemeanor.


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